Here’s something about what you’re going to find on Niabusiness.com blog going forward

I have been away from my blog for a very long time. It has been months since I added new content to the site.

But yesterday something happened.

I published a new blog post.

Now that I am back, there are a few things I wanted to bring to your attention. If you have been to Niabusiness.com before, you’ll already be familiar with some of the things I am about to tell you.

If this is your first time on Niabusiness – your first time reading this article -welcome to the blog. I hope you find the info in this post useful.

The new direction I am taking with blogging

I have done the separate domain thing in the past – you know creating separate sites for every niche topic I thought about.Here's something about what you're going to find on Niabusiness.com blog going forward

I’ve created several niche sites that didn’t work out and so this time I’ve decided to just use one domain for all my content – using different categories to organize the posts I publish of course.

This is one of the things niche sites are known for – the ease with which you can organize content on different topics on separate domains.

It is one of the things that appealed to me back then.

But what most niche site creators never tell you is how much work it takes to build and maintain multiple domains / blogs / websites especially if you are just a one man operation.

I blog solo at the moment and I think it makes much sense to have all my content on one domain – in different categories of course.

I save on domain name fees as well – no need worrying about all the yearly fees for multiple domains from Kenya Web Experts, GoDaddy, Namecheap or Namesilo.

No more time wasted on managing different domains / sites.

This way I can just focus on building all my online assets under one domain; focus all my energy on making this one domain stronger (by spending all my time creating and promoting the content I publish on whatever topic I please).

All the articles I write will be housed on Niabusiness.com.

Same thing with interviews, videos and podcasts.

My online shop too is on the same domain.

All the ebooks, e-courses, products and services I sell now and in the future will be available on Niabusiness.com as well.

What you are likely to find on Niabusiness

I publish articles on a variety of formats. Here’s what you’ll likely find on Niabusiness on any given day.

  • Tutorials. I like writing articles that show Niabusiness readers how to use various products and services. Think about some of the products / services you use on a daily basis (and you’ll likely find how-to posts on some of them published here on Niabusiness).
  • Interviews. Most of the articles on Niabusiness are written by me. But there are times when hearing someone’s take on the various topics I write about makes sense. So, you will likely stumble upon some interview-type posts on the site. Bringing in experts to share their thoughts and experiences with you is a good thing. You get someone else’s perspective on whatever topic you are interested in – and hopefully that leads to decisions that help you achieve your goals in a much faster way.
  • News commentary. Once in awhile I share my take on what is happening in Kenya and other countries by publishing opinion pieces touching on current news. If you like to hear other people’s take on current news (and share your take as well), these posts will appeal to you.
  • Reviews. Niabusiness.com publishes articles reviewing products and services sold in and outside Kenya. The reviews share pros and cons of products / services in various categories – so when you go out there you only end up buying the best products. My aim, with the reviews I publish, is that you end up paying only for quality products – products that work well; products that last.

Search terms you can use to find Niabusiness.com blog

After reading 1, 2 or more posts on Niabusiness chances are you’ll likely want to come back. The easiest way to do this is by typing Niabusiness.com on your web browser’s address bar.

To access all the recent / popular content published on the site that’s all you need to do – visit Niabusiness.com on a browser of your choice: Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer, Opera or UC Browser.

To save time and start enjoying content newly published on the site you can also just quickly type the following phrases on Google to access the blog.

  1. Niabusiness blog
  2. Niabusiness blog Kenya, or
  3. Niabusiness.com blog by Philos Mudis

A variation of the search terms can work just as well on search engines such as Bing, DuckDuckGo or Yandex.

Thanks for taking the time to learn more about Niabusiness.

Again, the full address is Niabusiness.com.

Type that on any web browser & you’ll instantly have access to all the content I’ve published.

A few actions for you to take before leaving this page

  • Get notified of any new content published on Niabusiness blog by signing up via email here.
  • Learn more about the different categories in which I publish content by visiting the main Niabusiness About page.
  • Check the Niabusiness Free Ebooks page. Grab yourself a PDF.
  • Send me your feedback – your thoughts & ideas for content you’d like to see more of. Use this contact form here to get in touch.
  • Go to the homepage to read my recent posts. Or the START HERE page if you want to explore different parts of the site.

Hire a freelance writer in 2019 and get a good return on money you spend on outsourcing

If you own a website or blog or want to start one, you already know the critical role that content production plays.Hire a freelancer writer in 2019 and get a good return on money you spend on outsourcing

Most people running their own sites write the content themselves and may be you are too.

But there is another way to go about getting new content to publish on your blog.

That is by outsourcing your writing needs to freelancers.

Read on to learn how to hire a freelancer writer in 2019 – and get a good return on money you spend on each order.

Why work with freelance writers?

So you can free up your time and focus on other things.

If you are a marketer, you can spend more time promoting affiliate products.

If you are a business owner, you can spend more time on customer care – or marketing.

If you are a blogger, you can focus on getting links from more authoritative sites.

If you are selling a service or product online you can focus on marketing – to get more people to buy from you – instead of spending time writing article after article.

Other reasons to outsource content creation

To get product reviews / articles you can monetize with affiliate links

To make money off some of the popular products and services in your niche, you can publish reviews on your blog.

Most blog owners usually write product reviews on their own.

Writing such articles usually take hours but the return on the time spent writing them is well worth it – especially when merchants start sending you a percentage of each sale you refer to them every month.

Instead of spending two to three hours writing one article reviewing one product (or a list of products), you can spend some money on outsourcing, get the article written by someone else, publish it on your blog and reap the rewards by monetizing it with your own affiliate links.

Outsourcing one such article can take you ten to twenty minutes. You can then spend another ten to fifteen minutes to review the finished copy before publishing it on your blog.

Or the freelance writer you hire can upload the article to your WordPress site saving you even more time.

Get more content by working with multiple writers at the same time

If you hire one writer you can get back one to three articles in a day or week.

Same thing if you have to write blog posts yourself.

But if you have money to spend on outsourcing, you can get much more written in the same time frame – by working with multiple writers.

Instead of waiting for your writer to finish one article before you send them the next one, you can distribute different post titles to two or more writers.

Get quality content at cheaper rates by hiring writers from other countries

You can order content at $0.10 per word or less if you hire a writer from a less developed country and still get content of similar quality you’d expect from a US content marketing agency / native English speaker.

If you live in United States, United Kingdom, Canada or Australia you probably know of at least one marketer/company that outsources writing to content writers in India, Philippines or Kenya.

If you are looking for a writer that charges less per word/project, consider hiring from UpWork or any other freelance marketplace.

Look for writers from Kenya and Philippines for example.

Outsource your writing to them.

Pay less per post without sacrificing on quality.

Give your writer access to an editing and proofreading tool like Grammarly if you don’t want to spend a lot of time correcting any mistakes they make.

Spend more time on content promotion instead of content creation

If you already know how the value of content accrues over time (learn more in this post) it might be a good idea to just order content from freelancers instead of sitting down for hours coming up with new articles yourself.

Hiring a writer leaves you plenty of room to do content promotion. Marketers who work with writers often just review content they get back, press publish then spend their time on outreach.

They do their best to give each piece of content they publish a chance to be seen by as many people as possible.

Much of their time is spent on acquiring links, using paid ads to drive visitors to their websites from social networking sites, and on content syndication (by allowing bigger blogs in their niche to republish their content).

Get someone specializing in the niche you are interested in to create content for you

Some of the best content you can get as an online marketer is content from writers experienced on the topic you hire them to write on.

If you are a dentist for example, you can hire a university student studying dentistry to write content for your blog / website.

You can focus on your practice, get good content at reasonable rates and continue growing your site publishing new posts (from your writer) each month.

Get more in-depth content by hiring a professional who can write on a specific topic if you can. If that is not possible, you can still get content by hiring a general freelance writer – someone who can research and write content for you on lots of different topics.

Target more low competition keywords

If writing content for high volume / high competition keywords leaves you little time to create content around low competition keywords (that can still bring in good leads) you should consider outsourcing.

While you create long-form content targeting high competition keywords, get a freelance writer to write shorter posts for your other keywords.

Publish as much content as you can on a topic with the help of other writers.

Then interlink all related posts so your site becomes one of the best resources for a particular topic in the eyes of readers and search engines.

Structure your site in such a way that each topic you write on has one main article and one or more related posts linking to it (siloing).

Budget: What is the cost of hiring a freelance writer

It depends.

Some writers charge per post. Some charge per word. There are writers who charge US$ 0.01 per word. Some charge $0.10 per word or more.

The rate is often determined by how much work research/writing work is involved.

Different topics also attract different rates.

I charge $0.04 to $0.08 per word for example. If you are interested in working with me, you can use the contact form here to get in touch.

You can order 1000-word articles from me – or hire me to write longer articles of 2500 to 3000+ words.

800-word articles in a niche such as blogging/marketing/business often cost 50 US dollars or less.

If you are interested in working with a freelance writer this year, you probably need that much for your first article.

If you are not strict with word count, you can allow your writer to write as much as they want for the same amount of money.

If you want to order multiple articles, then be ready to commit a few hundred dollars each month to this.

The process of hiring a content writer

  1. Do keyword research first. Most keyword research tools can show you how competitive different search terms are.
  2. Determine which topics you want to outsource first. Create a list of post titles.
  3. Outline the first post you want to outsource just to give your writer a rough idea of what you want them to write.
  4. Put together instructions you want your writer to adhere to – instructions on word count, structure and sources.
  5. Get a writer from various freelance marketplaces or content writing agency websites such as UpWork. If you like you can hire a writer in your niche by going directly to their blog and sending them an email to enquire about their writing services.
  6. Negotiate. Ask how much the writer would charge for the job. Once you agree on the amount to pay them, and you are confident in their ability to write quality posts, send them the work.
  7. Review the content you get back from your writer. If there are any corrections to be made, ask them to edit the post. You can share a Google Docs so that you are able to review any changes they make in real time.
  8. Pay them once you are satisfied with the final draft. At this point you can upload the post to your WordPress backend. Save it as Draft, hit publish or Schedule it to publish at a later date.
  9. Repeat the process if you like the experience of working with freelance writers.

Test different monetization methods

To get a good return on money you spend on outsourcing, publish the content you get from your freelance writer then add ads or affiliate links to it.

See which monetization method performs best.

If you don’t want to use ads or affiliate links, use the content pieces to promote your products / services directly to your website / blog visitors.

If you go this route, make sure to link to sales pages, FAQ page and contact forms on your site.

Web hosting services Kenya: Why host with Niabusiness in 2019

Niabusiness web hosting services Kenya provides the tools you need to start a blog or create a website. For domains, you can register one with the help of Niabusiness.com or use any of the domain registrars listed here. For web hosting, Niabusiness currently offers 3 plans.Web hosting services Kenya: Why host with Niabusiness in 2019

For scripts to run your website / blog there are many free scripts to choose from in the cPanel > Softaculous script installation area. You can choose any of them to power your site.

For your needs as a small business, individual, blogger, company or organization, Niabusiness recommends using WordPress.

Why host with Niabusiness in 2019

Initial planning

Once you get in touch with Niabusiness (show interest in starting a blog or website) we’ll discuss:

  • the keywords/niche you want to target
  • what your site is going to be about and
  • what you expect to get out of it

Then we will also talk about the kind of content you should create and have published on your site when it is launched.

This is usually content that describe what you do as a business, individual or organisation – published on the homepage or about us page.

Niabusiness can also help you decide how many pages and blog posts to publish initially.

Shared hosting plans

As mentioned above Niabusiness offers 3 plans.

It is cheap to get started with any one of them especially the Starter plan which costs KSh 6000 per year.

Read more about the plans here.

cPanel dashboard

To manage your site, each hosting plan comes with cPanel.

Within the cPanel dashboard you can manage your email accounts, databases, logs, backups and content you upload to your site.

Softaculous installer

Through the installer, you can choose any number of scripts to power your blog or website.

There are free scripts to run blogs, portals, wiki sites, auction sites and more.

Choose the one you need.

Niabusiness will install it for you.

Domain registration

Niabusiness can help you with domain registration if you want to.

Most domain registrars charge Kenya Shillings 1000 per year for a domain name with the most popular extensions.

With Niabusiness Hosting, you only pay the cost of any of the shared plans (linked to above) to get your .com, .co.ke, .net or .org domain registered for one year.

WordPress installation

If you want everything handled for you (when it comes to installation), Niabusiness will install the self-hosted version of WordPress, install a WordPress theme, the necessary WordPress plugins and then configure theme.

Set up your email list

Niabusiness.com will create a free MailChimp account for you.

You can use this to manage your email subscriber data – and to send emails to them.

MailMunch can also be added to your WordPress blog/website to capture emails from popups and sign up forms in blog posts and your site’s sidebar areas.

Support

With the purchase of any Niabusiness shared hosting plan, you will get the help you need to start and grow your blog/website.

NOTE: When you need help with your blog/website, use the contact form here to get in touch.

Accountability with your content calendar / promotion plan

Depending on how much content you are able to produce in a week or month, you can ask Niabusiness to check up on you to see if there is any new content you want added to your site.

Adding new blog posts and pages to your WordPress site is something you can do yourself but if you are not comfortable doing that yourself, you can send articles (pages/posts) you have written to Niabusiness via email (as Microsoft Word documents)  and the new content will be added to your site.

This applies to images you want added to your website as well.

Installing sharing buttons on pages and posts

To help with content sharing, Niabusiness will install a plugin to help your readers/customers/clients share content published on your blog/website.

The buttons will help you and your blog visitors share the content you create to different social networking site and messaging apps.

Niabusiness will also install Jetpack to auto-share blog posts to your social networking sites (Facebook, Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn) whenever new posts are added to your site.

Apart from that, Niabusiness will provide you with different tips to grow your existing site in 2019 and beyond.

This will be done via email, phone calls, live chat and through the various blog posts published to the site – on blogging, content marketing, and online business.

If you have a question on Niabusiness web hosting services in Kenya, add it in the comments section below.

Web hosting charges in Kenya: What 8 hosts charge

Learn about web hosting charges in Kenya. Read on to learn what 8 hosting companies charge their clients monthly or yearly.

Bitsimba

Bitsimba is a domain registrar and web hosting company located in Kenya. Apart from providing hosting and domain registration services, it also offers web design, app development and SEO services.

Bitsimba domain registration charges

You can register a domain for your blog or website on Bitsimba.com.

Get a domain name with a .co.ke extension for 800 Shillings a year. .com domains go for KSh 1100 a year.

Bitsimba web hosting plans

The company offers three plans: Startup package, Standard package and Corporate package.Web hosting charges in Kenya: What 8 hosts charge

  • Startup package: Costs 1500 per year. It comes with a 15 GB SSD space, bandwidth capacity of 1 TB and 1 free .co.ke domain.
  • Standard package: Costs Kenya Shillings 5000 a year. It has 50 GB SSD space, 2 TB bandwidth and 1 free lifetime domain.
  • Corporate package: Costs 10000 Shillings per year. It has 100 GB space, 5 TB bandwidth and 1 free lifetime domain.

All the 3 plans allow hosting of multiple websites on one account. On a Startup plan you can host 2 websites, on Standard 5 sites and up to 10 sites on the Corporate package.

The three plans also have the following features: free SSL certificates, cPanel, Softaculous script installer, 99.99% uptime guarantee, unlimited databases and subdomains, automatic backups, 24/7/365 support and more.

Learn more about Bitsimba.

Bluehost

Bluehost is a popular company, recommended by many online marketers. Some Kenyans, instead of using local web hosting companies, go with HostGator, SiteGround or Bluehost.

If you are a blogger, freelancer, online marketer or small business, find below some of the Bluehost plans you can purchase for your site.

Bluehost domain registration charges

A .com domain on Bluehost costs $11.99 per year. That is around 1210 Shillings. You can forego the extras such as the domain privacy protection and Codeguard by registering your .com on Namesilo and then adding your Bluehost nameservers to it. Namesilo provides free domain privacy protection.

Bluehost web hosting plans

Basic plan goes for $3.95 per month (around 400 Kenya Shillings). You can host only 1 site on it. The plan comes with 50 GB space, unlimited bandwidth and 100 MB email storage. You can only create 5 email addresses with your domain in them.

Then there are two other shared hosting plans, Plus and Prime. Each costs $5.95 per month (around KSh 600 per month). You can host unlimited number of sites on each one.

The disk space is unmetered and so is the bandwidth allocation. You can create unlimited email accounts on each plan. Prime and Plus don’t have the 100 MB email storage limit like the Basic plan.

Learn more about Bluehost.

Kenya Web Experts

Kenya Website Experts is one of the leading hosting companies in Kenya used by prominent politicians, businesses and institutions such as University of Nairobi. Learn more about how much they charge for domain registration and hosting below.

Kenya Web Experts domain registration charges

You can register .co.ke and .com domain names at only Kenya Shillings 1000. The company runs promotional offers from time to time, so depending on when you decide to register a domain name, you can get a .co.ke for KSh 580 (or KSh 499 as at the time this post is published).

Go directly to their homepage to see their current coupon codes. It is a good domain registrar. You can pay for domains via Lipa na M-PESA and immediately start working on your site.

Kenya Web Experts hosting plans

The company offers reliable Linux and Windows web hosting services starting at only KSh 2,100 per year for the Starter plan. I’ve purchased and used their hosting plans before and the service is good.

  • Starter: For 2100 Shillings you get 30 GB disk space and 300 GB bandwidth.
  • Standard: For 4100 Shillings you get 40 GB disk space and 400 GB bandwidth.
  • Bronze: For 7100 Shillings you get 50 GB disk space and 500 GB bandwidth.
  • Gold: Comes with unlimited disk space and bandwidth at a cost of 14100 a year.

You can create unlimited email accounts and subdomains. Bronze and Gold plans also come with free SSL certificates.

Each plan also comes with cPanel, Softaculous and a 99.9% uptime guarantee.

Learn more about Kenya Web Experts.

Bana Hosting

Bana Hosting is another reliable shared hosting company you can use for your domain registration and web hosting needs. It is cheap and your site is always online. Like Bluehost or HostGator you can pay monthly or yearly.

Bana hosting domain registration charges

You can register a .com domain for $10.95 on Bana. That is around 1105 Shillings per year.

Bana hosting plans

  • Bana-Starter Deluxe: You can host only 1 site on it, though the plan comes with unlimited bandwidth and disk space. You also get free SSL for your domain name. It costs $4.95 per month (KSh 500).
  • Bana-Professional Deluxe: For $6.95 (KSh 702) per month host multiple sites on one account. You also get unlimited bandwidth and unlimited SSD disk space. I use this plan to run some of my sites. The service is reliable and I opted to pay for the plan month-to-month.
  • Bana-Corporate Deluxe: This plan is similar to Bana-Professional Deluxe plan, but you get more memory and a faster CPU. It goes for $9.95 per month (KSh 1005).

All Bana hosting plans come with the following: Free Let’s Encrypt SSL, 99.9% uptime guarantee, 30 day money back guarantee, cPanel, Softaculous installer and data backups.

Learn more about Bana Hosting.

HostGator

HostGator is another hosting company popular among Kenyans: bloggers, freelancers and businesses. Learn more about it below.

HostGator domain registration charges

You can register a .com domain for just $12.92/year on HostGator. That is around 1304 Shillings a year.

Or get one from Namesilo.

HostGator web hosting plans

  • Hatchling: You can use this plan for one site only. It has cPanel and you can install scripts using QuickInstall. The bandwidth is unmetered. This plan costs $10.95 if you choose to pay monthly or $71.4 per year. That is KSh 7205 per year.
  • Baby: The most popular shared hosting plan amongst those planning on running more than one site, this plan goes for $11.95 per month or $107.4 per year (KSh 10838 per year). It has the same features as the Hatchling plan but it allows unlimited add-on domains.
  • Business: costs $16.95 per month or $107.4 a year. You get similar features offered to Baby plan buyers. On top of that you get the following free: positive SSL and a dedicated IP.

All plans have cPanel, a script installer and 45 day money back guarantee.

Learn more about HostGator.

Sasahost

Sasahost is another Kenyan hosting company you can use to start your website or blog.

Sasahost domain registration charges

You can register a .com domain for 1000 Shillings a year.

.co.ke domains also cost 1000 Shillings per year.

Sasahost hosting plans

  • Premium CMS Hosting I: With this plan you get 40 GB disk space and 200 GB monthly bandwidth and 30GB managed remote backup. This plan costs KSh 6000 a year.
  • Premium CMS Hosting II: With this plan you get 50 GB disk space and 300 GB monthly bandwidth and 40GB managed remote backup. This plan costs KSh 9000 a year.
  • Premium CMS Hosting III: With this plan you get 80 GB disk space and 400 GB monthly bandwidth and 60GB managed remote backup. This plan costs KSh 12000 a year.
  • Premium CMS Hosting V: With this plan you get 100 GB disk space and 600 GB monthly bandwidth and 120GB managed remote backup. This plan costs KSh 18000 a year.

Note that Sasahost charges extra (16% VAT) on all their plans.

All the plans allow the creation of unlimited email accounts. Sasahost offers DDoS protection and cPanel on all the accounts. All accounts have premium SMTP relay for spam email filtering.

Learn more about Sasahost.

Safaricom

Safaricom also offers web hosting and domain registration services in Kenya. You can use them to start your website or blog.

Their two cheapest plans, Lite and Bronze, only have 50 MB and 500 MB disk space respectively – which is good for a static site you upload yourself. To run one of the popular scripts like WordPress or Joomla, go for the following plans: Silver, Gold and Premium.

  • Silver: Gets you 2 GB disk space at a cost of KSh 3800 (if you are using a .co.ke domain) or KSh 3499 (if you are using a .com domain). The plan allows the creation of 5 subdomains and 50 email accounts.
  • Gold: Gets you 10 GB disk space at a cost of KSh 5300 (if you are using a .co.ke domain) or KSh 4999 (if you are using a .com domain). The plan allows the creation of 100 subdomains and 100 email accounts.
  • Premium: Gets you 20 GB disk space at a cost of KSh 6300 (if you are using a .co.ke domain) or KSh 5999 (if you are using a .com domain). The plan allows the creation of 200 subdomains and 200 email accounts.

Learn more about Safaricom.

Niabusiness Hosting

If you’d like to host your blog or website with Niabusiness instead, the Starter plan goes for KSh 6000. The price is inclusive of domain registration costs. With that amount I can build you a blog or website on WordPress.

Here is a breakdown of the costs for each plan.

  • Hosting
    Plans

  • Bandwidth

  • cPanel

  • Softaculous

  • Cost per month

  • Cost per day

  • Proven
  • KSh 16,000 a year

    7.5 GB disk space

  • 150 GB 

  • Yes 

  • Yes 

  • Less than KSh 1334 

  • Less than KSh 44 

  • Mediate
  • KSh 11,000 a year

    5 GB disk space

  • 100 GB 

  • Yes 

  • Yes 

  • Less than KSh 917 a month! 

  • Less than KSh 31 a day! 

  • Starter
  • KSh 6,000 a year

    2.5 GB disk space

  • 50 GB 

  • Yes 

  • Yes 

  • Less than KSh 501 

  • Less than KSh 17 

Learn more about Niabusiness Hosting.

Why is the cost of web hosting in Kenya different from host to host

  • Company pricing. Different companies charge different amounts of money depending on the quality of service they provide or how much profit they want to make from each hosting plan their clients buy.
  • Server type and space allocation. Shared hosting plans often cost way less compared to VPS and dedicated servers. Hosting companies charge less for shared hosting since more client sites are added to one server. Someone who pays for a dedicated server pays more because the whole server is often allocated to them. Clients who own high traffic sites often go for VPS, dedicated server or other type of enterprise-grade hosting solutions like the ones offered by Amazon or InMotion Hosting. Most shared hosting plans (from Bluehost or HostGator) can handle sites receiving between 40,000 to 100,000 unique visitors per month.
  • Speed and reliability. The more reliable / faster a hosting plan is the higher the costs a company is likely to charge. This is the case with managed hosting and dedicated hosting plans. That is why managed hosting providers like WPEngine, Kinsta Hosting and WebSynthesis charge more to host a WordPress site compared to what a shared hosting user would typically be charged monthly by HostGator or Bluehost. So pricing will differ depending on how fast the servers a hosting company offers are.
  • Additional services bundled with hosting plans. Companies with more features added to their plans charge more for their services. The features include dedicated IP, RAM capacity, backup services, premium SSL certificates, staging area to test new themes/plugins/site features, dedicated support and more.

Summary of web hosting prices in Kenya

If your site doesn’t receive much traffic (less than 100,000 unique visitors per month), you can pay for a shared hosting plan. It will work well for you. When you start receiving a lot of traffic, you can upgrade then.

  • HostGator. KSh 7205 per year (for Hatchling plan) to KSh 10838/year (for Baby plan). Or pay monthly.
  • Kenya Web Experts. KSh 2100/year (Starter) to KSh 7100 per year (Bronze).
  • Sasahost. KSh 6000/year (Premium CMS Hosting I) to KSh 12000/year (Premium CMS Hosting III).
  • Bitsimba. KSh 1500/year (Startup) to KSh 10000/year (Corporate).
  • Bana. KSh 6000/year (Starter) to KSh 12060/year (Corporate).
  • Bluehost. KSh 4800/year (Basic) to KSh 7200/year (Plus).
  • Safaricom. KSh 3800/year (Silver) to KSh 6300/year (Premium).
  • Niabusiness Hosting. KSh 6000/year (Starter) to KSh 11000 (Mediate).

Cheapest domain registration in Kenya

For .co.ke domains, go with Kenya Web Experts. Costs 1000 per year or KSh 580 when they have special offers. Currently goes for KSh 499/year.

For .com domains, go with Namesilo. Costs around 900 a year. Costs KSh 650 to KSh 750 when they run promotional offers – or when you register your first domain name with them.

Conclusion

To start your website/blog (register a domain name/buy hosting), these are some of the companies you can use. Review what they offer then pay for a plan and start building your site.

The Kenyan companies listed in this post accept payments via M-PESA and PayPal.

For the rest, use a debit/card to pay for their services. Get the free KCB Pepea card, load it with M-PESA and use it to purchase hosting from any of the non-Kenyan companies.

How to start a website in Kenya

Learn how to start a website in Kenya using WordPress. Register a domain name with Niabusiness Hosting and get web hosting. This guide will show you some of the most important steps you should take when creating a website.How to start a website in Kenya

This guide works for any host that uses cPanel and a script installer like Softaculous. So go through it, see what you can learn.

Check some of the WordPress plugins I recommend installing on your site.

For lead generation, check some of the email marketing providers and plugins I have recommended.

To increase your website’s visibility on search engines, follow the steps below to verify your site with Google and Bing.

Should you start a website in the first place?

Yes, you should.

But only if you are already familiar with how a website can benefit a person. Why do people start websites? Why do businesses spend some of the money they allocate to marketing to start websites?

Once you can answer these questions then and only then should you consider starting a website for yourself, your business or organization.

Signs you shouldn’t start a website just yet

  • You are busy with other things in life. If you don’t have much time left in your day after you’ve come home from your job, now may not be a good time to start a site. Wait until you have time to dedicate to creating content.
  • You don’t have a clear strategy on how to promote your website / content.
  • You are not clear about what it is you want to do with your site. Maybe you are just excited about owning a site of your own. But remember starting a site is not just about having money to pay for domain registration and hosting. There is more involved. You’ll need good content then figure out a way to get the right people (your site’s target audience) to see it.
  • You can’t create content for the site due to time limitations. For your site to rank – to be of value to visitors – you are going to need some great resources on your site – even if that means having a site with a few pages and one detailed FAQs page answering customer / client questions in detail.

Starting a website using WordPress – the step by step process

Get a domain name

Let Niabusiness register a domain name for you or register one on Namesilo.com.

A .co.ke or .com extension always works in most cases.

If you have thought about a name for your site, use the contact form here, to let me know about the name and extension you intend to use.

You can suggest up to five names.

I’ll look them up and see which ones are available for registration.

If you prefer to go through the domain registration process yourself, Kenya Web Experts is a great company for .co.ke domains. For .com domains, use Namesilo.

Change your domain nameservers

If you register your domain elsewhere but intend to use Niabusiness Hosting, get in touch with me so I can email you the nameservers to point your domain to.

Pay for web hosting

Pay for any of the Niabusiness Hosting plans listed here.

You can learn more about them here. Find out how much each plan costs (per day, week, month or for the entire year).

For a plan that will last you the whole of this year, you can go with the Starter plan.

Installing WordPress

Login to cPanel and navigate to the script installation area.

In Softaculous tab, click Install WordPress. Select your domain name and finish the installation process.

Softaculous Script Installer cPanel

 

Install WordPress Button

Domain to Install WordPress

Change WordPress Site Name Description

For this installation, I’m changing My Blog and My WordPress Blog to HireWPWriter.com and Hire a WordPress Writer respectively.

Change WordPress Site Name Description Changed

 

Choose a username and password for your site.

You’ll use these to login to the WordPress backend to manage/make changes to your site.

WordPress Admin Account Username Password

If you want the installation details sent to you, enter your email address then click Install.

Install WordPress

Login to WordPress admin area

…by clicking the link with /wp-admin.

Or go directly to your address bar, type up your domain name, add the wp-admin part, enter your username and password and then click Login to access the WordPress admin area.

Now that you are logged in, it is time to make some changes to the fresh installation such as:

  • How your site looks like. Change your theme from the default theme that comes pre-installed. Use the search function to look for a theme that you like.
  • The functions your site is able to perform. Do this by installing and activating various plugins in the Plugins section.

Change the look of your new website. Go to Appearance > Themes. Click Add New.

In the Search Themes field enter a keyword that best describes the look you want for your site.

WordPress Add Search Themes

Being an online business, I’ve searched for themes tagged business.

Out of the many themes suggested I’ve chosen Business Prime.

That is the theme I’m going to use on HireWPWriter.

 Note: Make sure you Preview a theme before you install it. To do this, Hover over any theme and click the Details & Preview button. 

WordPress Theme Details Preview Install

Click Install once you find the right theme > then click Activate.

Delete the default WordPress themes or leave them be.

Click on Widgets to remove certain widgets from your sidebars.

Widgets WordPress

Remove the following: Meta and Recent Comments. Or any number of widgets.

To add new ones, just drag them from the list on the left to the sidebar area.

Widgets to Remove from WordPress Sidebar

Next, go to Settings > Permalinks.

Change it to post name from the default Day and Name. Then click Save Changes.

WordPress Permalinks Post Name

Click on Settings > General.

Change your site’s timezone. If you want to modify the site name and description, you can do this here.

Click Save Changes.

WordPress Settings General

I’ve changed HireWPwriter’s to Nairobi.

If you already have content for your homepage, it is time to upload it to the website.

Since this is a WordPress-powered website, we’ll use the Static Home feature (in Settings > Reading) instead of showing a list of posts on the homepage.

To do this, go to Add New Page.

Add New Page Text Editor

Add the content in the text editor and click Publish.

Once you’ve clicked Publish, let’s make the page what anyone sees when they land on your homepage.

Go to Settings > Reading and select the page title under the show static home section.

Save changes.

WordPress Reading Settings Static Homepage

Now we have a site with a static homepage.

WordPress plugins to add / install to your website

Add the following plugins via the Plugins section to further enhance your website. Below is an example of how to add new plugins to WordPress.

  • For SEO: SEO by Yoast or All in One SEO Pack.
  • To add analytics and search console code you can use any of the two plugins I’ve mentioned. But I prefer All in One Webmaster. Install it.
  • For tracking how your site performs (the number of pageviews, daily unique visitor count) install Jetpack. The Site Stats feature is free. To activate it, you’ll need a free WordPress.com account.
  • To add social sharing buttons to your pages and posts, still Jetpack has a feature for it.
  • To add tags to pages and posts use Simple Tags plugin.
  • To add Facebook pixel code to your site, use the Tracking Code plugin by IntellyWP.
  • Add WP Optimize to regularly to optimize and trim your database size.
  • To add nofollow links to your outbound links by default install the WP External Links plugin.
  • Add Pretty Links plugin to create shorter links (linking to your site’s pages/posts or resources on other sites).
  • Use the free Contact Form 7 plugin to add a contact us page on your website.
  • To add a shop to your website install WooCommerce or Easy Digital Downloads plugin. I prefer WooCommerce.
  • To tighten the site’s security install iThemes Security or WordFence. I prefer the iThemes plugin.
  • To speed WordPress a bit, use free caching plugins like WordPress Total Cache (W3TC).

Once you have configured your site’s theme and plugins, start publishing content.

Add pages such as About, Contact, Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

  • About page. Write a brief description of who you are / what you do / why your business is in existence. Type this up in MS-Word then copy and paste it in the Add New page section and click Publish.
  • Contact page. In this page people coming to your site can leave you an email. All they have to do is add their name, a subject line, email and the message they want to send you. Use the shortcode from Contact Form 7 to add the form in this page.
  • For the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy page check how other sites write their own then modify it for your own site. Or go the plugins area and search for words such as terms of service or privacy policy. You will find plugins that create these two pages automatically once you install and activate them.
  • To add any other page to your site, just go to Pages > Add New. To add a blog section to your website for example, create a page titled Blog. Don’t add anything in the text area. Click Publish. Then go to Settings > Reading and select this page as the place where your posts will be shown.

WordPress Blog Page on Website

Click save changes.

You can also change how many posts are displayed on this page (Blog) from the default 10 to any number of posts.

WordPress Blog Page Number of Posts Shown

Save changes.

How to verify your website with Google and Bing search

To make it easier for search engine bots to crawl your website, it is a good idea to verify your site with Google Search Console and Bing Webmaster.

We’ll add the verification code from Google to the site via the All in One SEO Pack or All in One Webmaster settings page.

So make sure you have one or both plugins installed and activated. I’m using All in One Webmaster to verify HireWPWriter website.

All in One Webmaster Options

Go to Google Search Console area. Click the Search Console button. Sign in with your Gmail account.

Google Search Console Home

Click Add Property.

Google Search Console Add Property

Enter your website’s address and click Add.

Google Search Console Add Property Website Address

Choose how you want to verify your site.

Under the Alternate Methods tab select the HTML tag radio button.

Google Search Console Website Verification Code

Copy the code displayed and paste it in the All in One Webmaster > Webmaster options settings area.

All in One Webmaster Plugin Webmaster Options

Press Enter after pasting the code.

Go back to the Google Search Console tab and click the Verify button to complete the verification process.

Submit a sitemap for your website to Google and Bing

Once the site is verified successfully, click Continue to submit a sitemap for the website.

At this point I’m assuming you have either Yoast SEO or All in One SEO Pack plugin installed and activated.

Scroll down and click Sitemaps.

Google Search Console Submit Sitemap

Click the Add/Test sitemap button.

Enter sitemap.xml and click Submit.

Follow a similar process for Bing.

Use your Hotmail or Outlook email to login to Bing Webmaster.

Bing Webmaster

Bing Webmaster Add Website Sitemap

Copy the code and paste it in All in One Webmaster (in the Bing Webmaster field) to verify your website with the search engine.

Verifying your website with these two search engines will help you get found by their users.

Even if you don’t verify your website with Bing, make sure you add it to Google Search Console.

Cost of starting a website in Kenya

Here are some of the costs involved in starting a website in Kenya.

The bare minimum you need is money for a domain and hosting.

A .co.ke domain goes for Kenya Shillings 580, if you register it with Kenya Web Experts. The normal cost for new .co.ke domains is KSh 1000 but they have a coupon that gets you a domain for 580 Shillings.

For .com domains, get one on Namesilo for around Kenya Shillings 750 then change the nameservers. Point them to Niabusiness.

For hosting, the Starter plan by Niabusiness costs Kenya Shillings 6,000 for a whole year. Note that the amount includes the cost for domain registration as well.

So, starting a content website costs around KSh 6,000 with Niabusiness. Some hosting companies in Kenya charge as little as 3,100 a year to start a website.

It is up to you which hosting company you choose to work with.

See why Niabusiness charges 6000 minimum here.

While planning the launch of your site, factor in content costs as well.

Write the content for your website yourself. Or ask your staff to help.

If you have a content budget then hire a writer to help you create pages and posts for your website.

Things you don’t have to focus on now

Worry about these later if you are pressed for time.

  • Professional logo for your website. Create one on Canva or hire a designer on sites such as UpWork to design one for you.
  • Premium look for your website. Use a free WordPress theme for now. In WordPress admin area, go to Appearance > Themes > Add New to search for free themes. Later on, hire a web designer or buy a paid theme from sites such as StudioPress, Elegant Themes, Thrive Themes, ThemeIsle, Themify or Mojo Marketplace.
  • Premium plugins to add extra functionality to your site. Buy plugins from Thrive (Thrive Leads, Architect), Gravity Forms, WP Rocket or any other plugin you find on CodeCanyon that can get you the extra site features you want.

Once your website is up and running, what should you do next

  • keep improving the existing content. Edit it. Add more details. Research and add stats. Address questions your site visitors are likely to ask you concerning your products and services.
  • publish new content. Add new pages. Add new blog posts. Give the search engines more pages to index – get ranked for more keywords.
  • improve conversions. Add clear call to action buttons on your site. Buy and use Thrive plugins. Use lead generation software like MailMunch, Thrive Leads, Sumo, Bloom or OptinMonster. Connect them to any of the popular email marketing software like MailChimp or AWeber.

What matters most for website owners – where should you exert the most effort?

  • your site’s purpose. What do you want to achieve with your site.
  • traffic. How are you going to reach the right people? Publish more content. Pay for ads. Guest post for other sites to gain links that improve your site’s rankings.
  • conversions. How do you ensure the people who come to your website do what you want them to do? Do you want them to buy online, check your product documentation, call you or email you to enquire about your organization/company/product or service?

Have any questions related to how to start a website in Kenya? Add them in the comments section below.

If you want to use Niabusiness as your domain registrar / web hosting company, get in touch with me. Ask me any question.

Best Link Building Strategies for Amazon Niche Websites

After you start an Amazon affiliate niche website, you are going to need to rank it high on Google Search to get people to come over read your content and click your affiliate links. And one way of steadily climbing search rankings is to do link building for your niche site.

There are many ways people go about this. Below I present to you some of the best link building strategies used by Amazon Associates, the people who use the Amazon affiliate program to monetize their sites.

White Hat Links via Outreach

White hat links, this is what most see as the holy grail when it comes to link building. Some just publish content and wait for other sites to link to them naturally.Best Link Building Strategies for Amazon Niche Websites

But as someone in this to start making money from your niche site as soon as possible, you don’t have to wait for people to start linking to you.

You don’t have to sit and wait for things to happen naturally. This is where email outreach comes in. It’s how you take things a step further; speed things up a little bit.

First it starts by you publishing a great resource on your site then you go out there to find people who can link to it.

Publish an in-depth informational post on your niche website, then go out there to find sites to link to you. Often these are blogs in your niche.

Draft emails and send them to other webmasters with the view to get them to check your resource and link to it.

Here is a template you can use in your outreach. It is a variation of a template Chris shared on his post. Change its content depending on the topic covered in your post, the one you wish to gain links to.

Hey,

My name’s John, and I run the website over at https://examplesite.com /.

I just stumbled upon your site, and I’ve been enjoying your articles. Great stuff!

It’s nice to meet another blogger sharing their knowledge and experiences on blogging with others 🙂

Anyways, I have written a huge and in-depth blog post about the reasons why one would want to start a blog.

I saw that you had a guide about it yourself (URL-to-their-post), and was wondering if you would be interested in taking a look.

Would really appreciate some feedback on it from you.

Let me know if you’d like to see it, and I’ll send you over the link right away!

P.S. What was your main reason for starting your blog?

Thanks,

John

Use the template above if you are running an Amazon niche site that promotes blogging resources sold on Amazon.

In the example above, the blogger John, writes an in-depth guide on the ‘reasons to start a blog’ then goes out to hustle for links from other sites.

How does he find the sites and webmasters to email? Via Google, searching sites publishing content on similar content.

Note that in this email, John doesn’t ask for links. He just asks the other webmaster if they’d like to check out their post and give them some feedback on it.

At this point, he is not asking for a link. Just for a few minutes of the webmaster’s time to check their post.

If they say yes, that they’d like to take a look, then that is John’s cue to send them a second email containing a link to their in-depth guide.

Here’s the email.

Sweet!

Here’s the link: https://examplesite.com/reasons-start-a-blog/.

BTW, I think it would make a great resource for your already awesome guide:

URL.

If you could share it with your readers, it would make my day 🙂

Thanks,

John

Suppose the webmaster checks out the post and likes it, they are likely to share their feedback with John. And also likely to share the post with their readers. For example tweet it, share it on Facebook or mention it in an email to their subscribers. After all that is what John is asking for.

But also note how, indirectly, John suggests his post to the webmaster as an additional resource. How subtly he’s asking for a link. Do you see that? That is how Amazon affiliates use outreach to get powerful white hat links from different sites.

Of course there are rejections. Most webmasters won’t even bother with such requests. But of all the outreach emails one sends, there will be people who will say yes. Yes to sharing their content. And a smaller percentage of people saying yes to linking out to them.

Outreach is a great way to gain links because all you have to do is publish something awesome on your site then reach out using variations of the templates above. Chris of RankXL has used emails like these to get quality white hat links from more authoritative sites. You can too. But you also have to remember that it is a numbers game.

There are also places where you can purchase quality outreach links, if you don’t want to spend time doing the manual work all by yourself.

These service providers do all the outreach work for you: finding prospect, emailing them and getting links for you.

For a fee, you can use a service like LoveToLink, which Shawna of Skipblast recommends as one of the best places to get outreach links in 2018.

Guest Posting

Writing content for other sites and adding a link back to your site is also a popular method Amazon affiliates use to build links. Normally you can find sites with a Write for Us page, send them your idea for a post, write it and have your post published.

To find sites to write for, go to Google and search for:

Your keyword + a combination of any of the following (submit content/guest post/write for us/guest article).

Doug Cunnington of NicheSiteProject, a successful Amazon Associate himself, recommends starting your relationship with other bloggers by commenting on their articles before asking to guest post on their site.

You can simply comment on their posts and develop a relationship over time. Then later on propose ideas for a guest post contribution.

Here is a great template from BloggersPassion.com that you can use for your guest post email outreach.

Hey [NAME]

I am a long time reader of [Blog Name]. You may have noticed my comment on your post on X (awesome article by the way).

I’m writing to you because I am interested in contributing a guest post to [Blog Name].

I’ve been brainstorming some post ideas that I think your readers would get a ton of value from:

Post idea #1

Post idea #2

Post idea #3

I’ll make sure the piece overflows with information that can’t be found anywhere else.

To give you an idea of the quality I’ll bring to your site, here’s a link to a guest post that I recently published on Example.com.

If you have any post idea on your mind, feel free to share it.

Cheers,

[Name]

You can use the template above to get things rolling.

Or even do something Doug did once: Hiring a team to help with guest posting for his Amazon site, which he (and his business partner) eventually sold for more than $200,000.

PBN Links

If you got a big appetite for risk, PBN links is a great strategy for ranking your Amazon niche website. PBNs are considered grey hat, and frowned upon by Google. But a lot of affiliate marketers still use them to power their sites up search rankings. Why? Because they work. And in some cases work incredibly well.

How you implement your PBN though affects whether Google slaps your site with a penalty and send your page one rankings down into oblivion. Or not. Or whether your site gets entirely deindexed from Google Search results pages.

That is why more marketers are moving away from public PBNs to more private PBNs comprised of real-looking sites (hosted on decent web hosting companies) with original content and few outgoing links.

If you can’t build your own PBN and use it to rank your niche site, you have the option to buy links from more reliable and quality sources.

Human Proof Designs, not only sells content and done-for-you Amazon niche sites, they also sell PBN links. And they do their best to ensure buyers get value for their money. They sell links that help their clients sites climb up the rankings.

Same thing with Niche Site Azon, through their Rank Guardian service.

Also Shawna of SkipBlast does sell links.

Many other places also sell quality PBN links. Places like PeoplePerHour. But you have to be careful where you source your links from.

A guy making $5000 per month with his sites was interviewed by Dom Wells and he gave some insights on building links to Amazon affiliate sites.

His name is Glen. So, in the post he shares that when it comes to link building, PBNs have always worked well for him.

And he recommends building 10 to 15 links for the first 2 to 3 months then going nuts with link-building once a site starts ranking.

He says once your site has around ten posts of 1500+ words, it is time to focus on building more links instead of creating more content.

Shawna implements a mixture of web 2.0s, PBNs, outreach links and guest post links to rank her sites. The mixture diversifies her sites link profile.

But she too sees the power in using PBNs (her own and from other quality sellers) to rank her niche sites. For example she recommends getting PBN links from a seller such as Matt of Diggity Links. Instead of building ones own PBN, you can rent links from such a seller.

Web 2.0 Links

The people building and earning from Amazon niche sites that use web 2.0 links to boost their rankings include Shawna of SkipBlast, Dom Wells of Human Proof Designs and Al-Amin of Marketever.

Dom Wells sometimes orders the HOTH web 2.0 package instead of building the web 2.0 sites himself.

These are the links you get from free sites such as Blogger.com, Weebly.com, Wix.com, Tumblr.com and WordPress.com.

These links don’t have that much ranking power. But they can be used as foundational links. To give a little boost in rankings. To provide variety and to diversify your link profile.

Building web 2.0 links for Amazon niche sites can be risky, as Google considers this strategy to be gray hat. To build a proper web 2.0 though, you are going to have to add original content (some even advocate adding 3 to 5 posts initially with more posts dripped down the road).

Then add the required legal pages, links to resources on other sites and then one or two links to your own niche site.

Of course, you also have to use the Google URL submit tool to index the content you publish on the web 2.0 sites you create for link building.

Shawna of Skipblast in one of her posts shows the power of using web 2.0 links to rank Amazon niche sites.

She created 2 web 2.0s for linking and week after week her site’s rankings increased. Note that it can take up to 2 months or even more to see the effect of such links.

The niche you are in also determines how big of a boost you get from the web 2.0 links. Keywords with high competition will obviously get a little boost compared to the ones with medium to low competition.

Al-Amin of Marketever also, on a $2000 per month Amazon niche site, did the bulk of his link building using web 2.0 sites.

He did get a boost from the links he built.

In this post where he shares a little bit about the process, he says that you should use the blog style theme, publish original content – basically build web 2.0 sites whose content add value to readers. Add multimedia content to your posts. And pay attention to on-page SEO.

Then add links to your money site naturally. For each web 2.0, use a separate email and save login details in an Excel file.

Round up Posts

Here you can create a list post containing any of the following:

  • a list of influencers in your niche
  • a list of top websites in your niche
  • a list of the top blogs in your niche
  • a list of answers from the top influencers in your niche

For example, you can send one interview question to influencers in your niche then compile their answers into a list post.

Or compile a list of the 51 best websites in your niche.

Or top 21 Instagram/Twitter/Facebook/Pinterest infuencers in your niche to follow.

You can do this with authors, service providers, companies, manufacturers, experts and other professionals in your industry.

It’s all about compiling a list, the result of which is a valuable piece of content that adds value to the lives of readers of your site.

But then this piece of content also serves another purpose. Ego boosting and baiting.

People like to be recognized; to be mentioned; to be applauded for the great work they are doing. So, in essence, your post taps into this phenomenon.

Once you publish the post, you email all the people mentioned in it and ask them to share the piece of content with their audience.

Most likely, many of them will share your content. Some will link to it from their own sites. The result? More quality backlinks to your site.

The shares can also draw in more readers who run their own blogs increasing the likelihood of some of them linking to your site later down the road.

Tung Tran of Cloud Living mentions that this is a great way to get links from influencers in your niche. This can be taken even a step further by interviewing individual influencers on a text-based post or via an audio podcast episode or a YouTube video.

For every person you interview, ask them to share the post with their followers. If you ask the right questions and attract valuable answers, your bet is the influencer you interview will also link to the post, sending more quality links your way.

Conclusion

Both the white hat and gray hat link building strategies above work for Amazon niche sites.

What you deploy depends on how much risk you are willing to take in the short-term and ling-term.

Your budget also comes into play especially if you want to outsource some of the link building work to virtual assistants and freelance writers.

Your willingness to hustle for more links to boost your organic search rankings will also depend on how much time you are willing to set aside just for link building.

The best link building strategy for Amazon niche websites can therefore be argued to be that which works best for you – because people have used all these different strategies to rank and make money from their sites.

Chris Lee, someone who I respect a lot when it comes to building links, though advocates people to go the whitehat route; to not pay attention to tactics such as web 2.0s; but to spend more time gaining more quality links via email outreach.

That is his style. To create pillar content on his site then email other webmasters to link to it.

See his outreach template here. I have personally used a variation of it to get other sites to link to me.

Make it your target to get your first 100 links. That is what Spencer Haws and Jon Dykstra recommend when building your niche site. Work on getting your first hundred links.

Once you have published some content on your site begin gradually working on attaining links from other sites over the months that follow.

As you go about hunting for links, I want you to also remember this one thing Tim of NicheSiteAzon says.

He says to build one epic page and rank it before turning your attention to other keywords or pages you want to rank.

An example he gives is how he built 40 links to 1 URL in a 4 month period.

So, remember this.

You can do it for your buyer’s guides or any other review posts you publish, of course taking care of internal links as well.

So keep writing detailed posts, product reviews and buying guides. Publish a variety of posts: reviews, informational posts and articles with lots of stats concerning your niche. Then get more links via outreach, round up posts and guest posting.

How do I take my business idea seriously

If you have to wonder and think this it means two things:How do I take my business idea seriously

  1. That you’ve either settled on a business idea but don’t know the next step you should take – may be the hesitation on your part is due to you having doubts about whether to proceed with the idea or not, or,
  2. You just know deep inside you that you have this great idea you want to turn into a business but don’t know what it is yet. It seems to you that you are just hovering at one point, and like an eagle surveying the ground below for that one thing that will mean something – an idea that can make you lots of profits (while at the same time providing the much needed transformation the customers who purchase from you seek)

So, how do you deal with these issues? How do you go from paralysis to action? How do you step away from your busy mind to look at things with a more calmer and analytical mind?

How do you take your business idea seriously?

#1 Don’t chase after perfection at this point

Most of the companies you admire now didn’t start with the products or services they offer now. Or at least the versions of the products they brought to the market back then may not have been of superior quality compared to what they sell now.

Their founders picked an idea and ran with it.

Of course they did a bit of analysis and market research. But eventually they ran with the idea, tested it in the market – and got the much needed feedback in the form of people willing to exchange their money for what their business put out there in the market.

That is the validation you need for your business idea at the moment.

Put something out there and see if people are willing to, in different ways, tell you to ‘shut up and take my money’.

You can reiterate down the road.

You can create a better version of your product or service later on.

You can improve on your service delivery as you handle more clients – and more feedback gets back to you.

You can create a line of cheaper or more expensive items inspired by what your current idea is nudging you to do – but later on.

You can branch into another area and create a business, product or service that compliments whatever you plan on selling.

For now, matters perfection, leave them be.

See, if you can profit from your business idea. Strive to be profitable as soon as you can

Take your idea and validate it. See if people are willing to pay you money. See if people are content with what you are offering that the idea of giving you their money in return for what you are selling is an idea they embrace and don’t regret.

Your current idea (and the small business or company that becomes its foundation), think long-term of it. And keep improving, and branching to different sectors of the economy if you so wish, as more sales come in, profits increase and your business grows.

Getting more customers, running a serious business

You will actually start taking your idea more seriously once customers start rolling in.

They will demand the best – and often such demands will hold you accountable, keeping your nose to the grindstone. Sooner you’ll realize you are passionate about helping your clients and even relish the thought of improving their life or business through the products and services you put out there.

Remember that most business ideas are profitable right out of the box. The evidence? You will find that there are many people already doing what you want to do (despite taking different approaches). And you will find that some are running profitable ventures. They are serving their customers well and making good money.

What does this mean? You shouldn’t look down on your idea. Even if it is not in a hot niche.

Don’t discount your idea. Don’t look at it as one that will not lead to a profitable business.

Instead do your market research well. Then chart a way forward on how to reach and serve customers who are likely to find your product or service to be a good fit – depending on challenges or problems they are currently experiencing.

Focus on offering a quality product. Then push full-throttle on sales and marketing.

Do content marketing. Use inbound marketing strategies to get people through the door.

Start a blog for your business. Reach out to other bloggers and peers out there to see how they can help spread the word about the work you do – and how it can benefit the people to whom you are targeting with your message.

Sign up as a vendor on different e-commerce platforms to tap on their already existing audience of online shoppers. Target users who buy and sell on various marketplaces including Facebook groups and classified ads websites.

Just get busy doing things that converts prospects into customers.

And then you will realize this…

As you get busy doing all this work, you’ll quickly see a habit form.

The old you who wasn’t taking their business idea seriously will be replaced with someone hopeful and determined.

An action-taker, who goes out there, takes risks and does their best to convert the people they reach into paying customers – and then doing their best to help these people as best as they can.

You will, in essence, have found a way to take your idea seriously, doing what ‘s in your ability to turn it into a successful and profitable operation.

Instead of focusing on whether yours is or isn’t a booming business while taking no action that leads to growth, let your little action steps become like the snowball that rolls down the mountain.

Like the snowball, start small and gather steam. And then roll with the momentum – doing more of the things that are already working for you (depending on the feedback you get and what your analytics tools tell you).

Then take advantage of your growth to further turn your idea into a serious venture, that remains fun working at while putting measures in places to help you outgrow the hobby-business label.

So, instead of focusing on perfection, the ruin of most people who attempt to start a small business, work a day at a time. To grow at a pace you are comfortable with – while taking advantage of most of the business opportunities that land on your lap…so long as they are the kind of opportunities that mesh well with your short-term and long-term goals.

Working on your new idea, one day at a time

Do meaningful things that grow your revenue and profits for the day. Then wake up early the next day and do more of the right things.

This approach by the way does in no way mean that you close your eyes to the long-term.

Focus on the here and now, but plan things you do today with a long-term view.

Think about how the puzzle pieces fit to form the bigger picture that dances in your brain once in awhile – especially in the moments when you are excited about the prospects of owning a successful business (that takes care of the customers, you, your family and team of employees or freelance contractors).

#2 Give yourself a window where you vow to work hard on making a profitable business out of your idea

It could be a month, 3 months, 7 months, 1 year, 18 months or more. It is up to you how long you want to be down the trenches doing the hard work and making things happen.

It is easy to think of new ideas. Implementing them, that is the hard part for most people.

So, before your excitement levels dwindle, make a vow to seriously put in the work for a period of time (you choose how much) before you finally give up on your idea.

Bootstrap things – and focus on converting leads into satisfied paying customers.

Seriously stick to your vow. Don’t break it. If you decide to work real hard on your idea for 2 months before considering whether you should take it less seriously, do just that: Commit.

Commit to making 50 sales calls every day for 52 days.

Commit to sending outreach emails, say 100 emails a day, five days a week.

Go door-to-door.

Do joint ventures.

Recruit affiliates to help you reach more customers in exchange for a percentage of the sale as commission payment.

Write guest posts on other blogs – even if you have to hire freelance writers to help you write some of the content you intend on publishing on your website.

See if you can start by selling to friends, family and even mutual friends.

Do outreach link building to push your website’s rankings up in the search engines.

Just commit for the duration you choose – and work hard on things that make sense.

Now, as I leave you, I’d like you to take notes on what resonated with you while reading this post.

Then pick up my free ebook 10 Things to Look At If You Are Thinking Of Starting a Business

Download a PDF copy here.

Go through it and take more notes.

Then decide.

Decide to take your idea seriously (or find a new one you can take seriously – and work on for say longer than two months) and see how things go.

If you want some posts that can help you come up with ideas of your own, check this post on food business ideas, or this one on online business ideas. Also read related posts you find on Niabusiness.com. Whatever you learn and find useful, note down.

Do what I have outlined above and see if you will or will not take your idea seriously from this point forward.

And remember no amount of motivational or inspirational content pieces can easily take the place of consistent action. So, go take action.

Best of luck.

Raila Odinga, NASA, decision to go to Supreme Court: good news for business owners in Kenya who had fears

After the election, there has been violence witnessed in different parts of Kenya, including Nairobi, the capital city. This is after IEBC declared Uhuru Kenyatta, the president of the republic (his win giving him a second term in office for a period of five more years).Raila Odinga, NASA, decision to go to Supreme Court: good news for business owners in Kenya who had fears

Raila Odinga of NASA alleged lots of malpractice, flagrant disregard of the law concerning what steps IEBC, the body in charge of conducting elections, must take before announcing presidential elections results – and him becoming second, he noted was a fraud perpetuated by IEBC officials and leaders in Jubilee party.

And so, with some of the violence that has been witnessed – although calm prevailed over many parts of the country with more people just deciding to stay home – away from work and the streets, business owners in Kenya have been sad fellows – not all of them, but many. Why?

  • People have been staying away from the main streets for fear of the police, their bullets and tear gas.
  • People have been staying inside away from the streets afraid of retaliation from supporters of either party.
  • Some businesses have experienced a lot of losses in the form of looting from some rioters.
  • Some business owners have lost their wares and goods to supporters opposed to the candidates they supposedly voted for.

In other words, business has been slow. There has been a lot of uncertainty. The kind of uncertainty that business owners see as a threat. Road-side vendors have kept their doors closed. Some of the markets that are always full have been deserted. Many PSV vehicles have stayed away from the roads.

Business owners even feared that if people boycotted, or couldn’t go to work, they would not be able to make enough money to buy the products and services they are selling.

A lot of shops closed. Some of the ones that remained open could not able to restock in good time – and of course this worried lots of business owners, especially after lawyer James Orengo, Musalia Mudavadi and others on the NASA side walked out of the Bomas of Kenya in protest sensing IEBC was going to announce Uhuru Kenyatta winner of the 2017 presidential elections in Kenya.

They said this was not the end of the matter and also mentioned that they were not going to court.

And so business owners thought there would be more violence and unease (which is bad for most businesses) since NASA would not go to court for redress.

They expected leaders and supporters from the party, and other parties, to go to the streets – to the people – to ensure ‘Uhuru must go’. And this they expected to start immediately after Raila Odinga’s awaited address that was slated for Tuesday the 15th of August 2017 on the way forward for himself, Kenyans, NASA, Jubilee, IEBC and democracy in Kenya.

But he didn’t give the address on Tuesday. And so some businessmen and businesswomen all across the country were anxious and jittery.

When he finally spoke yesterday, Wednesday the 16th August of 2017, he said NASA would go to the Supreme Court of Kenya (comprised of 7 judges) to seek redress, after it claimed it had evidence of IEBC server hack, fraud on the part of IEBC & Jubilee and computer generated figures meant to thwart their attempt to lead the nation.

Many business people can now breathe easy. There is calm. There is increased activity in the streets. People are going back to work. Normalcy is returning. And for business owners, ready to serve Kenyans, this is a good thing.

Now they can grow their businesses further. They can open their doors, restock and usher in customers. For those with business ideas in Kenya, now they can stop putting off their plan to start their limited companies and get their venture going.

Some of the fears business owners had have now gone, even when it seems like Kenya is not out of the woods yet.

For now it is time for business owners to serve customers well, the way they have always done, as they adopt a wait-and-see attitude.

It is time to pray to God Almighty for protection of this nation and His children. It is time to pray for the protection of Kenyan families and the economy. And a time to pray for God’s will to be done in Kenya and in our lives.

Your freelance writer from Kenya: How to hire me to create content for you

My name is Philos Mudis, founder of Niabusiness.com.

I do write articles for the blog section of this site – and also write for pay – offering freelance writing services to individuals, businesses and organizations that’d like someone they can hire to write content on their chosen topic.

In this article, I am going to quickly show you how you can get started with my freelance writing service.

Five steps to hire me (and get your content)

1. Check my rates and blog posts published on this site

Before you hire me, spend some time reading articles I have published on this blog to get a feel of how I put words together. You can check articles by topic or read some of my most recent and popular posts.

To do so, check the site’s sidebar. There, you’ll find the site’s categories, recent posts and most popular articles.

NOTE: Check my samples page for examples of content I’ve created.

Once you’ve checked a few posts – and like what you see, head here to check my freelance writing rates (in Kenyan Shillings and US Dollars) to make your order based on the word count you have in mind.

The reason why I have this as the first step in ordering content from me is to ensure these two things happen:

If you like the content you read on Niabusiness.com, thank you. Let me write for you too.

2. Contact me to let me know what topic (s) you want me to write on

Once you’ve made your mind to work with me, contact me – to tell me what you want.Your freelance writer from Kenya: How to hire me to create content for you

Don’t pay the money first. Tell me what you want.

For some pointers, you can include the following in the email you send me:

  • topic – obviously, a specific category, for which the content you want me to create falls in
  • specific headline – if you have a headline (title) in mind, tell me about it. This actually makes both our jobs easier. Of course during our discussions, the title can be tweaked however you want
  • word count – this will help me know how deep you want me to go with the writing – and also help you determine how much you pay for the completed work
  • key things to include in the piece – when creating content for you, you can tell me to, while doing the writing, include specific examples, stories, product mentions or quotes
  • deadline – also mention, in your email, the time limit (from writing to submission of the finished piece) you have in mind
  • other things you consider important during this process – as mentioned in this article, you are the one contracting me – so, telling me everything you consider important to getting more out of Niabusiness.com freelance writing service Kenya is a good thing. It limits the back and forth and makes it easier for both you and me to avoid miscommunication

3. When I receive your email in step two, you can proceed and make payment

Once we understand each other, it is time to take the writing process to another level.

Here you can make payment for the content you want created by going to this page. You can pay via M-PESA, PayPal, VISA card, MasterCard, American Express, Discover etc.

NOTE: if you want to make payment using, say, Western Union, do let me know in the email you send in step 2 above. I can then make the necessary arrangements for you to transfer the total amount of your order to me without any delays.

After going to the payment page, you’ll be prompted to choose the amount of words you want written. So, choose the word count you have in mind then click Add to cart to proceed.

Click Checkout.

Enter your name, email then click Purchase to proceed to the checkout page where you can make payment via M-PESA, PayPal or your card: VISA, MasterCard or American Express.

You’ll be immediately notified if the transaction is successful (and a receipt sent to you via email).

Otherwise, you’ll get a ‘failed transaction’ notice prompting you to try again (happens sometimes when one unknowingly enters incorrect details while checking out).

4. Upon receipt of payment I’ll get to work (and beat the deadline)

Once the transaction is successful and I receive the funds (total amount shown in your receipt) in my account, I’ll get to writing adhering to all the instructions I receive from you.

I’ll be writing the best content for you – spending more time to make it great – just as you want it.

5. Before the deadline knocks, I’ll submit the completed work to you

When I’m done writing (and going through the work to polish it), I’ll submit it back to you. Reasonable demands for revision are accepted at this time.

However, when you are pleased with the work and see no need for revision, then this will be deemed a successful project for both you and me.

At this point you can publish the content or use it how you want.

You can also decide to pay for more of my different freelance writing services – to get the most out of the projects you are undertaking.

You can also hire me to turn an article into a slide, PDF guide, quote pictures or hire me to publish it on your own blog (website), social network site accounts like Facebook (pages), Google+ (pages), Linkedin etc.

Most important of all is:

  • you get what you want written (you pay me to get it for you) and we are both happy
  • we are open to working together again in future projects you may have (you can order as much content as you want)
  • the value of the written content you pay for accrues over time – and actually pays back for itself
  • you get what you want – and your readers and customers are happy

Ready to work with me? Click here to continue.

Freelance academic writers in Kenya for hire

Welcome to Niabusiness.com. This series of articles on my freelance writing service gives you the details you need to determine if I am a good fit for your writing project.Freelance academic writers in Kenya for hire

They help you determine if you should hire me to be your writer, in this case, an academic writer right out of Kenya.

My name is Philos Mudis – and below are a few things you should know before you hire me to help you with your academic writing.

NOTE: Niabusiness.com doesn’t offer academic writing service where outsourcing is prohibited & deemed unethical by your supervisors or institution or research centre. If what you want written falls under this category, Niabusiness recommends you do the work yourself.

Is Kenya a good place to outsource your academic writing?

Yes, it is – and for many reasons.

Huge populations of the Kenyan people are well educated.

Many have achieved higher levels of education with PhDs, Masters degrees, undergraduate degrees and diplomas from various universities, colleges, institutes of higher learning and polytechnics.

There are many people in Kenya, besides students still pursuing Masters and PhDs, that are skilled and competent in their respective fields – and can write excellent papers for other students, researchers, authors, lecturers, tutors, professors and other academicians.

For people who pursue higher levels of education in Kenya, the English language is key for the papers they write.

When you want help writing term papers, courseworks, dissertations or theses, Kenya is a good place to outsource your writing needs.

Writers are well versed in different styles (like APA – American Psychological Association and MLA – Modern Language Association).

They know how to do their research (on the internet and offline) and how to cite relevant materials they come across when writing your papers – steering away from plagiarism.

You are sure to get quality papers once the writing contract with your freelance writer of choice ends.

The writers are also accessible – have reliable internet connection – making it easier for you to tell them what you want so that when writing your paper, they do so with your instructions in mind.

Who is this freelance academic writing service for?

It is for anyone who needs help completing their academic papers and submitting them before the deadlines given:

  • by the institution where they study. For students, it is always, through a professor or lecturer of a course unit, major or degree (or diploma) they are undertaking
  • by editors in a given journal (or publishing house) specializing in only print, online journals or both
  • lead researchers in a team of academicians working together on a given topic
  • by oneself – for a personal project one is working on

This service is open to those undertaking diploma or degree courses in schools, colleges, polytechnics, various institutes of learning and universities.

The service is for people who need help writing quality papers within a deadline.

What areas do I target with my academic writing service?

Term papers, dissertations, theses, essays and reports in areas like law, business, arts, education, communication, society, technology, history among others.

To work with me, you can email me to tell me the specifics of your given topic. When you do this and get a response from me you can then proceed to make payment so that I can begin working on your paper.

How much does it cost to use Niabusiness.com freelance academic writing service when you hire me?

The going rates (per word) are listed in this page.

You will be billed by the number of words you want in the academic paper I am writing for you -nothing more.

How to pay for the writing service?

Once I receive the email (from you) containing the details on what you want me to write on (and the instructions you want me to adhere to – including word count, deadline, style etc), you can proceed to my freelance writing services payment page to place your order.

In summary, to hire me as your academic writer here’s what you need to do

Check my rates here.

If you already have an overall word count for your paper in mind, multiply that with my rate per word to know the total amount the completed work will demand.

If you are fine with the rates (and the total amount for your writing project – in US Dollars or Kenyan Shillings), send me a detailed email containing what you need (the topic or title of your paper, word count, style, due date among other things you want).

When you get a response from me, proceed to make payment. Payments can be made via M-PESA, PayPal or your card: VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.

When payment is successful, you’ll receive an email with details of the transaction – and I will receive the funds in my account.

The moment I receive the funds, I’ll get to work and finish writing your paper within the deadline we agree on – adhering to your instructions.

After finishing this part of the process, I’ll send the completed work to you, usually via email.

…And work with you on any other future projects you have, if you are so inclined.

To hire me to write your academic paper, check my rates here.

Hire freelance writer in Kenya to write blog posts and articles (blogger for hire services)

Need a freelance writer from Kenya to write blog posts and articles for you? Welcome to Niabusiness.com.Hire freelance writer in Kenya to write blog posts and articles (blogger for hire services)

My name is Philos Mudis, founder of the site.

I do offer my freelance writing services to businesses, organizations and individuals:

  • who need articles to post on their own blogs
  • who need articles to publish on other blogs and niche websites as guest contributions
  • who need articles to expand on the frequently asked questions they get from the customers, clients and visitors that come to their websites, blogs, ecommerce stores, online forums, social media platforms, office or the physical location where they conduct their business
  • who need articles that they can spin in different ways and use to keep the communication between them and their customers (clients, site visitors) strong – for example via email campaigns
  • who need how-to guides and tutorials (in the form of articles) created for their customers, clients and site visitors

If any of the above describes you, read on to learn how to hire me to create the content you need to achieve any of the goals mentioned above.

Why hire me to write blog posts (articles) for you

Now, when looking for a freelance to write blog posts and articles for you, you want to be sure you like what the completed work will look like.

You want to be sure you’ll like the writing – and give your readers the best content on your chosen topic.

To gauge if a writer is a good fit, you’ll in most cases ask for samples – as part of your due diligence – before any money exchanges hands.

As a writer, when you ask me for samples (which I welcome), you know what I do? Of course, I give you what you need right away. My job, in a way, depends on this.

But here’s a surprise: most people who contract me to write for them, always have access to my writing samples (articles I’ve published on Niabusiness.com blog).

If you are reading this, you are already going through my samples.

Yes, I use this blog to showcase my work.

I write articles and publish them under various categories – with all my recent posts displayed in Niabusiness.com blog section here.

1. Hire me if you like any of the articles I have published on Niabusiness.com blog

If you like any of the posts I’ve written and published on this blog, chances are that I am the freelance writer you are looking for.

If you haven’t checked any of my posts, you can go through my samples page to read some of them.

Don’t hire me, if you don’t like what you find.

If you like my work and are sure your readers, customers or clients can also benefit from the content you hire me to write, then that’s a good thing. Let’s work together.

2. Hire me to write blog posts and articles for your website and use your time to do other things

Like content promotion.

Writing articles and then spending time promoting the same content can be a drag – given how much work you already have.

May be you just have too much on your plate and not enough time to do everything you need to do.

So, working with me and outsourcing the article writing bit to me can save you more time; time you can use to focus your attention on promoting the content you order – to reach more of the people who you know can benefit from reading it.

Focusing on promotion and not writing also gives you more time to turn the written content in various formats for distribution in various channels – paid and organic: YouTube (videos), SlideShare (slides), Pinterest (picture quotes), SoundCloud & iTunes (audio and video podcasts), Twitter, Google+, Facebook, WhatsApp, Quora & Linkedin (answers, questions, articles, quotes or lines with a call to action), email autoresponders (stories, campaigns, sales) and on and on.

This means less time wasted staring at blank screens wondering what to write – or putting aside half-finished posts in the drafts folder – gathering dust.

When you take the writing bit out of the publishing equation, you can focus more of your time in making sure more people get to see your blog and posts – without spending the whole day typing (or dictating) on your laptop, desktop PC, tablet or smartphone.

Taking the content writing bit out of the equation means you click the Publish button sooner (and more often) and then quickly switch your attention to getting as many of the right people to see the content – organically or via paid promotions.

3. Hire me so that you can still have your full or part time job and still be able to update your blog (website) frequently with fresh content and earn from it

Frequency of quality content – in this case articles – is one of the major things that determine the success of a blog.

It is something we know deep down, but it bears repeating all the same.

Look at the big websites, the big blogs – even the ones run by just one man or woman (not a team numbering in the tens, hundreds or thousands) and you’ll quickly notice how they frequently put out new content for their site visitors – even if it is just a once a week monster post instead of shorter articles published on a daily basis.

Frequency matters.

A lot.

But most blogs are stale – inactive – not because their owners can’t publish new articles.

They are just busy. Overwhelmed.

There’s work. There’s family. The me-time. The me and friends time. Family get-togethers.

All good things.

And the blog time? The time dedicated to grow your blog or website? To serve more readers and customers? Well, you know the story. And for many blog owners it is an unpleasant one.

Well, all that dread and infrequency can be a thing of the past when you hire me to write articles for you.

Having a full or part time job shouldn’t be a hindrance in publishing more quality content as often as you wish.

You can now outsource the writing bit to me.

4. Hire me to grow your blog’s popularity by publishing more quality articles per day (week or month) targeting different short and long tail keywords

Having more articles published on your blog leads to, among other things, the following three:

  • increase in organic traffic and higher rankings in the search engine results pages for queries and keywords you are targeting in your particular niche
  • increase in traffic from shares on niche online forums ,social network sites (like Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Pinterest and the many niche social media sites your customers and readers use) and messaging apps (like WhatsApp, Snapchat and Telegram)
  • increase in direct traffic to your site due to increased awareness of who you are and what you do

The more quality posts you have on your site, the more the three metrics above will increase.

With such increases, your conversion rates are also likely to soar to very high levels.

Which means more email sign ups, more sales, more clicks (on whatever it is you want your site visitors to click on), an increased awareness of your expertise (content, product or service) leading more people to consider you a trusted adviser, provider of a solution or outcome.

All these leads to profits in different ways: the satisfaction of helping another human being by reaching them through the content on your site, more backlinks and referrals from people who have been to your site and benefited from it, more sales…

5. Hire me to increase your authority in your space by writing blog posts and articles for you

How? By the variety of posts you publish and the angles you take discussing your chosen topic on your blog, another website, magazine or newspaper column.

When you hire me to write content for you, every piece I write will supplement other articles you have already written (or choose to write and publish in the future).

This leads to more posts (variety) and an increasing authority in your niche – by the sheer amount of resources (posts) you dedicate to deeply cover a topic – answering questions readers (customers) may have – and then leading them one step at a time – to get what they want (your authority increasing with the good leadership you show to more of them).

Authority, here, is just a synonym for proper and well-intentioned guidance. Just giving others what they want. And being there when they need you – humble in your stature and always ready to serve.

6. Hire me to prevent writer / blogger / copywriter burn out

Creating post after post, article after article can easily take a toll on anyone – especially people who would rather focus on other things instead of writing articles.

The long hours writing requires.

The little time, with so many things fighting to make it into your daily to-do lists.

It can all easily lead to burnout.

To prevent it but still have a constant supply of quality articles and blog posts, take advantage of my freelance writing service.

7. Hire me as a blogger and take a holiday (time off your blog) by scheduling articles you order from me

Taking time off your blog – for example to enjoy your holiday without worrying much about spending hours upon hours creating new articles for your site – doesn’t have to be something that leaves a bad taste in your gut (mouth).

You can enjoy the holiday, guilt free, knowing that you have me to create new content that you can schedule to publish at future dates.

If you want to take 14 days off your blog, for example, hire me to write fourteen articles that you can then schedule (one a day) so there’s something fresh for the people who come to your site.

You can then decide to check in your blog’s dashboard once in a while to respond to comments (emails) and engage with your audience on social media without worrying about what to publish come the next day or week.

How to hire me and take advantage of my freelance content writing service (order articles and blog posts)

After checking a few posts I have published on Niabusiness.com, you can easily make up your mind whether I am the freelancer you want to work with or not.

If you like my work – and ready to work with me – check my rates – then send me an email with details about what you want me to write on.

Mention a deadline, word count and any other instructions you want me to adhere to when creating your content.

Once we reach an agreement (and you get a response from me), proceed and make payment – via M-PESA, PayPal or your card: American Express, MasterCard, VISA or Discover.

Once I receive the funds in my account, I’ll get to work (writing and making corrections to the piece) and submit the completed article(s) to you before the deadline.

At this point you can publish the completed articles or use them however you wish.

Also remember that reasonable demands for revisions are acceptable.

When you get the completed work, this will be considered a successful project and you can elect to use my freelance writing services as often as you so wish.

I’ll be looking forward to working with you in your other projects.

You can always get in touch – any time.

To hire me to write articles and blog posts, click here to check my rates and make your order.

How the value of content accrues over time (and how to hire me to write for you)

One of the things you consider as a client, from the beginning of your negotiations with me as a freelance writer you would like to hire, is the value you get in return for the money you pay for a piece of content you order from Niabusiness.com website.

You already know the benefits of getting a freelancer to create content for you.How the value of content accrues over time (and how to hire me to write for you)

There is no doubt in your mind about how much time you can save by getting me to write for you.

You already know the great things a freelance writer can help you do.

But what happens when you pay for a piece of content?

What happens when the finished copy is sent back to you via email?

Does it mean that the money you pay me (for every writing job you contract to me) is only worth the words that make up the MS-Word document, HTML or WordPress XML file I send you as an email attachment?

Well, that is one way of looking at it.

And most people can stop here – and just think, ‘Yea, right. I have paid about US$ 340 for this 2000 word piece.

But not you.

Why?

Because you know better! You are aware of the immense potential every piece of content holds – and the steps you can take to unleash that potential.

You look not only at the short term potential of a piece of content but also the long term value that it is able to accrue over time.

So, for you, the money you spend doesn’t just equal the amount of words you order. The greater value, to you, is represented by what comes with the content.

For example the help you lend to complete strangers by publishing a blog post covering one of their pain points – and offering real solutions they can put into use immediately. To them, you are a provider – of a solution or answer that helps them get unstuck.

Or the leads you get from a blog post you order from Niabusiness.com that you then publish as a guest contribution in one of the popular blogs (or websites) in your niche.

Or the contacts you get by publishing a piece of content that resonates with many people.

Or the attention of influencers you get when the content you publish (on a blog, website, journal, magazine or ebook) peek their interest in one way or another.

Or the money you make from different affiliate programs you are a part of or ad networks you have joined.

Or a job offer (or contract) you get from a person interested in working with you.

In fact one of the best way to understand the many things that come with the combination of good content and enough promotion coupled with patience and testing is to read this article: 30 reasons to start a blog.

The short vs. long term value of content (content marketing)

All these good things rarely happen in the short term.The short vs. long term value of content (content marketing)

It takes awhile and a lot of promotion before you can reap the benefits mentioned in some of the examples above.

That’s why those who focus just on the short term when they create or order content are, most of the time, frustrated by their progress.

They want to build Rome in a day – not realizing that having a plan and constantly promoting their content can yield a lot of return for them (their readers, customers, clients and peers) in a few months.

That’s why it is common for some people to order content and immediately look at the completed document they receive back as just that: content. Just like looking at a mule, horse or donkey – and seeing it just as that: some four legged animal that knows no better.

If you are one not to attempt to build Rome in one day it means you are aware of the good things you can do with a well fed donkey, horse or mule: transport things, ride, even plough – if you are a farmer and still not into mechanized farming for one reason or another.

You see the great things the animal can help you (and others) do.

Some could argue that it’s all a matter of perspective, which, to a degree, is true!

Over time, any content at your disposal, results into more good things for you – if you use it well.

What does that mean?

It means looking at the content you receive from Niabusiness.com as a foundation. It’s up to you how wide and high you want to go once you have the foundation in place.

The content can inspire a series of posts, a video, a presentation, a podcast, newer stories, fiction and non-fiction works – and all these increase your reach improving your chances of getting in front of the right people – which could be clients, customers, readers, other leaders, investors, students, industry influencers, peers, critics (not trolls), gate-keepers, young professionals, parents, role models…even some of the heroes you had growing up.

With all these connections – and time by your side – great things are bound to happen.

And if you stick at providing more value to others – the frequency of such things will keep increasing.

Your call to action – getting what you want out of every piece of content you hire me to write

Each piece of content you receive from Niabusiness.com (or create yourself) is like a magnet – that is strongest in the call to action area.

What you put in the call to action area is up to you.

It could be a call to others to share their stories and experiences with you.

It could be a call to others to buy something from you – or another business whose products and services you promote as an affiliate.

It could be a call to others to use your services – like I am doing right now.

It could be a call to others to help you in your cause – whether that is to make your part of town clean or build a school in a remote part of a certain country you have visited or plan to visit in the near future.

It could be a call to others to examine themselves more often and be appreciative of the great things they have in life – that some only wish they had.

It could be a call to others to share (with those closest to them) particular ideas you espouse or a specific message that you believe can benefit people who come across it.

It could be a call to others to allow you to help them achieve their goals – in a better and more efficient way.

It could be a call to others to teach themselves a skill or learn more about a particular topic or subject by just spending a few minutes each day going through various resources you recommend – like stories, ebooks, books, videos, infographics, online training courses, case studies, research papers, polls and interviews you link to from blog posts you publish on your website.

So many things you can do with just one piece of content.

Time, however little or much there may be, is on your side if you embrace doing things that amplify the value of every piece of content. You just have to do them consistently. That is how you increase the value of each piece.

That is how compounding works for you in this area. Time helps you figure out how to make more off the principal (the content you pay for or create yourself).

It’s a bit more work compared to just publishing content, say on a blog, and letting it sit – not even bothering, like many people, to go back to it, edit it and make it even more in-depth and valuable to people who come across it.

It’s a bit more work but it pays big time. In a big way!

More about my content writing service, blogging services, rates and how to hire me as your freelance writer

If you would like to hire me as your content writer – or recommend my freelance services to others, that would be nice.More about my content writing service, blogging services, rates and how to hire me as your freelance writer

Here are two articles that answer a few questions you (or any person you recommend me to) may have.

Go through them – and when ready to order content, email me via the site’s contact form here.

Interested in trying my content writing service? Get in touch: info@niabusiness.com.

How much I (as a freelance writer in Kenya) charge per word (or 250, 500, 1000, 2000, 3000, 5000 words) when you hire me

Being clear about how much you should pay your freelance writer is one very key point to consider before your relationship with the one you contract goes any further.Pricing: How much I (as a freelance writer in Kenya) charge per word (or 250, 500, 1000, 2000, 3000, 5000 words) when you hire me

And it is for this reason that I have created this page to help you quickly determine how much money you pay when you hire me to write content for you.

If you’ve gone through these sample blog posts and the series on my freelance writing service, you already know how much I charge and the reason why. So, no need reading any further (you can get the answers you’re looking for by getting in touch with me via email, info@niabusiness.com, or head to the payment page if you are ready to hire me to write for you).

However, if this is your first time on Niabusiness.com, keep reading to learn more about my freelancing writing rates.

My name is Philos Mudis, founder of the site.

Besides creating content for Niabusiness.com blog, I write for businesses, organizations, and individuals that need a freelancer to create content for them.

How much do I charge for the content I write? What is my rate per word in US Dollars & Kenyan Shillings?

My rate per word is at least US Dollars 0.17. Or KSh 17.68 per word – and PayPal & MPESA are the payment methods used by many Niabusiness clients to pay for the content writing services.

The pricing for your project / assignment will depend on the number of words you want me to write, the topic, how much research is needed among other things.

The more the work involved the higher the amount will be.

Note that all the rates below are in Kenyan Shillings and US Dollars.

Arrangements can always be made if you’d like to pay via, say, Western Union (using the currency of the country you currently reside in) or M-PESA (if you want to pay me directly to my Safaricom mobile money wallet in Kenyan Shillings).

Again, here is how much I charge per word of content I write for you as a client

At least 17 US cents. That is the going rate for one word, unless your work meets the exception mentioned below (keep reading to learn more).Freelance writer for hire: how much I charge per word of content I write for you as a client

Kenya Shillings 17.68 or US$ 0.17.

Let’s take a look at some examples to see how much it costs for content of varying lengths.

Say, for example, you want me to write a 2000 word article (which some SEO – search engine optimization – and content marketing experts encourage to be the minimum number of words per post – to rank high on Google Search) to be published on your blog, you’ll pay me at least Kenyan Shillings 35,360 or US$ 340 for the completed work.

This 2000 word article can then later be turned into a downloadable guide (for example a PDF lead magnet, infographic or content upgrade for your email subscribers – or as an addon to people who use your service or buy via your affiliate links).

You can even turn it into a free email course, slide or video using Snagit or Camtasia.

If you want a slightly shorter article, say a one thousand (1000-word) post, the total cost will come to at least KSh 17,680 or 170 dollars.

If you want me to write a 250 word product description for your online store (or classified ad), you’ll be billed at least 42.5 US dollars or KSh 4,420.

For a 500 word landing page or article, you’ll only pay me at least KSh 8,840 or US$ 85.

If you want me to write a short 5,000 word ebook you can sell on Kindle for less that US$ 2.99 a copy (or give away for free) the total cost will come to at least KSh 88,400 or 850 dollars.

For a 3000-word post, the cost will be at least KSh 53,040 or 510 dollars only.

My freelance writing service: is it cheap or expensive? Will this work with the budget you’ve allocated to outsourcing content creation?

A logical question to ponder once you have gone through the examples above, don’t you think?How much I (as a freelance writer in Kenya) charge per word (or 250, 500, 1000, 2000, 3000, 5000 words) when you hire me

A sister question to this would be, ‘Can I afford Niabusiness.com freelance writing service Kenya?’

To which I answer with a simple, ‘Yes.’

If you look at my rates above and think ‘I can work with this’, then good.

Know why? Because it already means you are fine with the rates – and ready to work with Niabusiness.com. It also means that you already have enough funds to hire me to write your content.

You just need to take these two steps:

  • send me an email (info@niabusiness.com) with the following details: the headline (topic) you want me to write on, word count, deadline, sources you want me to look at, if any, and all the instructions you want me to adhere to when creating content for you
  • proceed to the payment page and pay for the content once you receive a response from me. I’ll send you an invoice once we’ve communicated via email

I write quality content, something you want more of. I create content that accrues in value (learn more below), content that pays for itself down the road if promoted well. If this is the case (it is) it means that with your budget, you can afford to hire me to help you with your content creation and content marketing needs. Let’s work together.

Freelance writing assignments and jobs I won’t accept from clients

I won’t accept freelance writing work from clients and publications that want me to charge less than the rates mentioned in this post – unless on special occasions when I decide to take on projects that seem interesting enough (from a research standpoint) even if the pay is slightly lower than the rates mentioned above.

I think this bears repeating – to avoid any misunderstanding. So, here goes…

I won’t accept work from clients and publications that want me to charge less than the rates mentioned in this post.

Which is USD 0.17. Or KSH 17.68 – the minimum amount I charge per word.

Meaning, you will pay me at least KSH 17.68 / US$ 0.17 per word (or more on some assignments – when we come to an understanding that the kind of work you want me to complete warrants a higher rate than the minimum US$ 0.17 per word rate).

I will not also accept work from clients with no clear instructions on what they want. Because what usually happens is that such clients bombard me with requests for revisions when all they could have done in the first place was to give clear directions on what they want with regards to word count, structure, or sources to pay attention to when writing.

Think Niabusiness.com freelance content writing service Kenya is expensive?

I don’t want to go on and on about pricing and optimal rates, but here is how I came up with the rates in the first place (I am going to be brief).

There are different things freelance writers consider to arrive at their rates.

One of them is looking at content from a value perspective – what you get from a piece of content (article, ebook, pdf guide, book, tutorial, short story etc.) once it is published and adequately promoted to the right people.

When I decided to offer writing as a service, the person I had in mind – the ones I work with – was that person who didn’t only look at the initial amount of money they paid me for a certain number of words they wanted me to write for them.

This person – even though they may look at the initial amount they pay for content and how small or big a dent results from such payments – frees their mind to think about what they are getting for their money in not only the short term, but also over the long haul.

They look at the value they derive from the content (they pay me to write) the moment they receive it. But they don’t stop there. They cast their sights weeks, months or even years from the date they receive the completed work from me.

So, for example, they pay me KSh 35,360 / 340 dollars for a 2000 word evergreen article that may attract less than a thousand hits from search engines in the first week (or month).

Over time that piece of content will result into more things (long term value): higher rankings for more short and long tail keywords, more backlinks, more mentions, more staff/company time saved by answering a frequently asked questions through the content I write instead of answering the same questions over and over via email, livechat or over the phone, increased conversions, increased engagement with readers or customers, goodwill, new and valuable leads (contacts), deals arising from the post, more email sign ups (for example by turning blog posts into content upgrades) and sales.

They are content paying me the rates above knowing that the value of the content they receive will accrue over time.

With this knowledge in mind, they worry not about the initial amount they pay. Why? Because they know that when they use the content well and optimize their sales funnel (or ads or affiliate promotions) the content will eventually pay for itself and leave them with more profits to do with as they please.

Once you look at content this way and use it well, you’ll quickly command the power that comes with it and the costs; you won’t worry about them since you know how to use the content (I write for you) for your own benefit and the benefit of your clients, customers and readers.

In a position like this, you end up making profits – not losses. Meaning, investing in the content then becomes a good investment!

The debate then moves from hiring a cheap vs. expensive freelance writer (cheap and expensive being relative terms) to investing in only one piece of content vs. investing in more.

Besides the argument I’ve made, the per word rates above makes the following possible:

  • more time for me to write quality content for you because that is what you deserve. Not something rushed.
  • a great working relationship between you and me (a give-and-take transaction that provides more value to you and me despite busy schedules).
  • something great for your readers and customers. You value your time and money and how you spend both. For something great, like content that you know will result in more good things, I won’t be wrong if I say you don’t mind spending money to get it for your audience.

To hire me, get in touch with me and tell me what you want me to write on (including details like title/topic, word count, and any other instructions I must adhere to during the writing process).

Looking forward to your first assignment. [Learn more]

Freelance content writing service in Kenya by Niabusiness.com (Writer and blogger for hire)

Welcome to Niabusiness.com. In this page you will find details on how to hire a freelance content writer in Kenya – and take advantage of all the benefits that come with using Niabusiness freelance content writing service in Kenya.

If you have been searching on the internet for websites and marketplaces to hire Kenyan freelance writers, you are at the right place.Content writing service in Kenya - writer and blogger for hire

I am a writer and blogger for hire, and I am ready to work with you to meet your content writing and marketing needs.

I’ve created this page to guide you on how to hire me and get the best of the writing services I have for clients that need content for their self-hosted WordPress blogs, Quora blogs and accounts, Medium blogs, review sites, LinkedIn Publishing, Web 2.0 sites like Facebook and WordPress.com, offline publications, websites, online shops and stores, ebooks, authority blogs and websites, online forums, mails, content upgrades and lead magnets, online newspapers, magazines, free online courses and email autoresponder series, niche affiliate sites, guest posts, email campaigns, online media companies, digital marketing and content writing agencies, done-for-you pre-made Amazon affiliate sites & Google AdSense niche websites, pillar content and in-depth content to be submitted to high domain authority sites for traffic, exposure, email subscribers, customers and white hat links.

Read on to learn how I can help you. Learn what Niabusiness.com has in store for you as a client. And be sure to check the various links added in this page to learn more about my writing services – and how they benefit you in the short-term and the long-term.

Also, if you have any questions, you will find all the answers below. Some of the answers to frequently asked questions are already available in in-depth posts like the ones linked to below: Click the links to read them.

For answers on the types of content you can order from Niabusiness.com, there are two articles available with answers addressing the questions you may have.

The first article addresses the needs of those who want to hire academic writers.

The second article addresses the needs of individuals, organizations and businesses that want to hire a content writer to create blog posts and articles for their websites, blogs, email lists, magazines or newspapers.

What type of content can be written for you via Niabusiness.com freelance writing service Kenya?

At Niabusiness.com writing services Kenya you can get articles and blog posts written for you to the quality you desire at very good rates.

You can also order content that can be used as free online course material (for example in the form of automated email sequences sent to the inbox of your subscribers using your preferred email autoresponder software/marketing service provider).

You can also pay to get an ebook written for you. To do this, you’ll choose a topic, word count, make payment and get the content created for you.

Once this is done, you can use the e-book as a free lead magnet (to entice your blog visitors to subscribe to your email list) or publish to the Kindle store (or online stores of any other ebook retailers) as a free book or one that costs a few dollars (shillings) per copy.

You can also get content for your e-commerce website: sales pages, product descriptions, service description, case studies, tutorials, how to guides, presentations (slides) and also content for your promotions, discounts and giveaways written for you.

If you are an editor or owner of a magazine or a newspaper (traditional, online only, national or local paper) and you like the content published on this website (including the samples), you can also hire Niabusiness.com to create content for your publication.

You can get written content that is fiction or non-fiction depending on the issues you want to communicate to your audience through your publication.

You can also get your speech, reports (if you have already gathered the data or information to be used) or transcripts (for your seminars, podcasts, videos, voice recordings) turned into well formatted text as well.

How to get started with Niabusiness freelance content writing service in Kenya as a client (how to hire me)

If you have made up your mind to order content from Niabusiness (meaning you are fine with the freelancing rates here), I can get to work – start researching and writing content on the topics and keywords of your choice. All you have to do is send me an email via the site’s contact form.

In it mention what type of content you want written (for example newspaper article, Kindle book, product description or blog post), topic for the piece to be written, word count, deadline and any other important detail you want taken into consideration during the writing phase of your project.

If you have examples of other pieces of content already published out there that you want me to pay attention to when creating content for you, send me the links to them. Add the URLs to the content pieces in the email you send me.

Once I receive your email (request to create content for you), I’ll get back in touch with you to further clarify things that you may want me to pay more attention to when working on your project/assignment (if there is need to).

You’ll then proceed to make payment. In Kenya, you can easily do this by sending the total amount via mobile payments services like Safaricom M-PESA or Airtel Money (I’ll communicate to you, via email, the details on how to finalize payment).

Note that you can also make payment using you card (VISA, MasterCard – like KCB Pepea debit card which you can top up using the funds in your M-PESA account, Discover, American Express etc.) or simply make payment via PayPal – or from any payment gateway that allows you transfer of funds to a PayPal account.

To make payments using your card or PayPal, go to this page on Niabusiness.com online shop to make payment (or get a quote).

Note that I can also send you an invoice to your PayPal email address – if this is the arrangement you prefer. You’ll get a notification and proceed to clear the invoice to release funds to my account. We’ll have to agree on this before I start creating content for you.

Select your word count (the exact number of words you mention in the email you send me via the site’s contact form).

Click (or tap) Add to Cart then proceed to checkout.

Enter your card details (or login to your PayPal account) to complete the transaction.

Once I receive the funds, I’ll get to work and send you back the completed work within the agreed time-frame.

Who is the content writing service for? [Benefits of hiring Niabusiness.com Kenya to write for you]

Niabusiness content writing service Kenya is for persons – individuals, businesses, SMEs, companies and organizations –  based in or outside Kenya who are interested in the services of a writer to give them content they can use to:

  • Educate their audience on a particular issue
  • Market and promote various ideas, products and services to their audiences (or a segment of a niche/market or industry they are a part of)
  • Promote their business, work, brand, personality to the people who may benefit from such (like customers, clients, employees, employers or people who make buying decisions in households and companies in different countries – like parents, CEOs, founders, board members)
  • Achieve the same (or even better) results they could get from paying for the services of a marketing company in Kenya, a digital agency in Kenya, content writing agency, virtual assistant service, inbound marketing company, search engine optimization and internet marketing companies charging hundreds of thousands of Kenyan Shillings or even millions for help with marketing / advertising – customer acquisition
  • To help prospects and their customers get as much useful information about what they do (provide) before they make any buying decision – including tips on how to get the most out of the services or products they pay for
  • Beef up their websites and blogs. The new content they pay for and publish on their sites can turn into a series of insightful posts that answer the questions prospects and customers may have – in essence turning their website (or blog) into a sort of a customer care agent available 24/7 to anyone with internet access – hence limiting the back and forth that often characterizes the initial relationship between an individual and a company that has not put in more effort into educating the public (consumers) about their products, services, benefits to paying for and using them, consumers’ rights and obligations etc.

Ready to hire Niabusiness.com to write content for you? Tell me about your content outsourcing needs via the email address below

Proceed by sending me an email with the details of things you want (type of content e.g. blog post, magazine article or sales page, word count, deadline etc.) using this contact form. Be as detailed as possible. Tell me what you want. Tell me what you expect.

If you are interested in Niabusiness writing services, and have any question, use the same contact form to get in touch. Or send an email to info@niabusiness.com.

Contact Niabusiness to get a quote here

Why hire freelance writers in Kenya?

When looking for a freelance writer to hire in Kenya, US, Canada, Australia or in any part of the world, there are many things – key characteristics – that you look for in your search for the right person to write content for you. For example:

You want to hire a content writer in Kenya…

1. Who knows a lot about the topic you are interested in

Getting someone who knows about your topic and enjoys reading, researching and writing about it is a good thing.Why hire freelance writers

The person who is genuinely interested in your niche or topic – and has extensive knowledge – always is a good fit.

Sometimes that means hiring someone who has a college (university) degree, diploma, Masters or a PhD in their field.

But this is always not the case… because there are many people who are knowledgeable (and experienced) and highly excel in their fields without a degree or diploma certificate carrying their name.

This is the case, for example, with people who have gone out of their way to learn about something (and become very good at it) that they never learnt in school.

People who have read widely on a topic – and even shared their own ideas in the form of articles, guides, ebooks, articles, podcasts, blog posts, case studies or videos.

For example, there are many savvy business people who don’t attribute their success to having a degree.

They attribute it to simply immersing themselves in the business world, doing what needs to be done, analyzing the results of their actions and adjusting accordingly in the interest of their clients.

Interest in a topic (field) then, besides pure knowledge and the duration and magnitude of experience, is one key thing to look for when hiring a freelance writer in Kenya.

The writer should know a lot in the field you want them to write about but not only that.

They should also be able to research a topic and write you the best content possible – one that you will be happy to pay for.

2. Who listens and adheres to your instructions

When you want to avoid all misunderstanding between you and your writer, communication is going to be key.

For the writer to give you what you are hiring them for, they must be keen and listen to your instructions. After all you are paying for what you want.

This means that it is good when you (both you and your writer) understand each other – and both parties understand their obligations.

You both should be clear about the topic, word count, headline (title), formatting, outline, deadline, pay among other things that at the end of the day makes the transaction between both parties fruitful.

3. Who can write well and give you what you and your readers want

Hiring a writer means, to some level, that you know what to be expected of them when they finally submit the finished work to you.

You know what to be expected in terms of the quality and quantity of the content you pay for.

You know what your readers want, and that is what you pay (the freelancer) to get them.

Different people call it different names: Epic, well-written, great content, quality content, best-seller, ultimate guide among others.

And your writer is to deliver the above on the deadline you both agree on.

What does the above have to do with hiring freelance writers in Kenya?

As a freelancer offering writing services here at Niabusiness.com, I adhere to the key points above when creating content for individuals, businesses, institutions and organizations in Kenya and around the world.

Through my writing service, you are assured of well written content on your topic of choice. Why? Because I adhere to the rules above.

They guide how I interact with you and how I create articles, blog posts, sales pages, ebooks, books, guides, ecommerce website product description pages you order from me.

I could go ahead and tell you how Kenyans are great people who write well and speak, besides our mother-tongue and Kiswahili, English fluently but then that will be venturing further away from what it is you really want: great content for your readers channeled through your website, blog, niche site, ebook, book, downloads, guides, tutorials, slides, social networking sites, email newsletters and autoresponders.

When you hire freelance writers in Kenya, do so with the knowledge that

  • they are great people from East Africa who write just as well as native English speakers
  • they enjoy writing and doing online research
  • they are knowledgeable and ready to help you with your writing
  • they take online freelancing seriously – meaning they respect themselves, their work, the clients who hire them and the audience they write for (readers you want to reach with the writing you outsource to them)
  • they are people open to suggestions if such suggestions lead to an even higher quality of writing and a more satisfied client
  • they’d like to partner with you in your future projects
  • and like most humans, they, at the end of the day want to bring a meaningful contribution to the world and the people in it

And when I say ‘they’, I’m indirectly implying that I’d like to work with you.

If you are a mind reader, you already knew that from the start right?

So, what do you say?

Go through more posts published on Niabusiness.com to learn more about the results and benefits you get when you hire me to create content for you to use on your own properties or third party platforms.

Sample blog posts to check before you hire me to create content for you

Check my writing samples here. In the link you will find a list of articles I have written on a variety of topics.

While looking at the recent blog posts I have published on Niabusiness.com, also take some time to check some of my most popular posts.

They are listed on the sidebar to the right.

Outsource content creation to me: Hire me as your freelance writer

To hire me, check my rates here and place you order.

Or just go through the blog post then get in touch with me for a quote.

Rates vary depending on the type of project or assignment you want to outsource to me.

Email me here: info@niabusiness.com. Tell me about your project.

If Kenyans are hard working, what are they doing right (or wrong) for themselves and the country?

I’m concerned about the hard working Kenyans who give up somewhere in the middle of the road.

The ones who loose their track and find it hard to get back on the right track.

I am concerned about the Kenyans who get distracted – the ones who find that the gap between their dreams and reality gets wider as days, weeks and months pass by.

The people of this country Kenya are hard working

We have, as a country, the people who, to us, are so hard working. These people know that we admire them. They know that we appreciate the fact that they are hard working.If Kenyans are hard working, what are they doing right (or wrong) for themselves and the country?

They also appreciate the fact that they haven’t exploited their full potential though somehow satisfied when people label their efforts ‘extra-ordinary’.

There is a group that delivers 65% instead of say 85%, a few ever take the time to move from 65% to 85%. Some will muster the courage to stretch a few points past 85%.

We also have the people who are working on things they don’t like – especially the many students in various universities, colleges and polytechnics in Kenya – and not to forget the many employed civil servants (including those in the informal sector like jua kali artisans) working various jobs and taking home paychecks.

So, someone works hard to become a pilot because that is what their family wants…when their true heart wants them to instill knowledge in young minds – become a teacher, tutor, instructor…

Some eventually grab their dreams. But as painful as few would like to admit, some never get out of their trap. They bring in the money but deep inside, they are poor fellows. Their happiness ‘bank account’ reads zero.

Let’s take a look at some examples.

P is a young Kenyan in his twenties. He likes writing and has been writing for some years now.

He has always wanted to make money off what he writes. He has taken a step towards that direction not thrice but ten times.

He knows he can make his dreams a reality. He knows he has taken several steps towards making his dreams a reality. He also knows that he hasn’t taken a bold step towards making his dreams come true.

Days pass and it is as if he’s contented with the level he was in a few months ago – usually takes one step forward and two backwards.

He also likes the word ‘if’. He’s caught himself saying ‘if this’, ‘if that’ several times but he hasn’t stopped.

He’s still wishing that time will come when God will create a perfect arena for him to show the world he can do great things. And so he’s still waiting.

How many people like that do we have in this country?

Mary is a mother of two who became a little bit successful (read: made more money).

She bought a car thinking all successful people must buy a nice car to show how hard they’ve worked (nothing wrong with that in certain circumstances).

She took her children to expensive schools – had to borrow heavily from banks to be able to pay their school fees at times. Bought her kids all the things they wanted to live a ‘worry-less’ life.

Success got into Mary’s brains. She got addicted. She clashed with people everyday. She belittled some… got a new pair of ear muffs whenever anyone attempted to give her good advice.

All factors didn’t stay constant

Her teenage daughter got into drugs – she had too much money on her hands and her mother never hesitated giving her more, let alone question what she did with the money – or teach her how to use it wisely.

Now mother and daughter are ‘enemies’.

Mary’s turned to the people she once hated and belittled for help because she now knows that a parent’s hard work is not only measured by how much money they can make but by the efforts they put towards ensuring their children are, and become, people of integrity.

There are numerous examples…can’t go through all of them here but will be glad to read your own examples.

What I am trying to say is that, we as a country, we are doing some amazing things. We are good people. Each one of us. We work hard, and there is hope for everyone to achieve their dreams and share the good things that come out of it.

What is our problem as Kenyans?

The problem is that we sometimes get distracted by petty things that don’t add much value to our lives. And that’s where we go wrong as Kenyans.

When will we stop waiting for the perfect time to focus and work those dreams we had from childhood?

How are we going to deal with the urge to flaunt our possessions and riches to everyone stirring envy and jealousy?

When will the many educated young men and women, dads and moms stop borrowing to maintain extravagant lifestyles that simply piles on us more stress than we want?

When will parents stop pampering children in the name of making things easier for them – feeding and fattening the little part in us that’s always feeling entitled?

When will parents and guardians, instead of just handing money to children and young adults, first teach them how to use it wisely?

When will we go easy on our need to raise ourselves above others and belittle people just because we think they deserve the bad treatment – because of their class, tribe, race, gender, impairment, social status?

When will we stop copying the crazy things other people do in the developed countries in the name of being a civilized society?

And how are we going to be more receptive to good counsel and constructive criticism?

The questions that will steer the people of Kenya in the right direction

Well, my advice to you and me is this: we can start by answering these questions. We can figure out why we do what we do as Kenyans – both the good and bad.

When that part is covered, it is going to be easier to come up with solid solutions to our own problems.

It is going to be easy figuring out what to do, for us to keep on doing more of the good things we already do on a daily basis.

And after that, it is time to walk the talk.

To say and do, even if others are lazy in changing their ways for the better.

If Kenyans are hard working, what are they doing right (wrong)?

Share your thoughts to this question in the comments section below. And if you know of anyone you think is a good role model in this area, mention them in your comment.

11 ways to promote your free ebook

One challenge many people face after publishing a new free ebook, is how to get it out there, to the right people and get them to read it.

Many people think of ways to create a viral effect – hoping that people will just like their new ebook and share it with their friends, families and even people they don’t know.

Why create a free ebook?

The primary reason is to give readers more detailed content…

…sometimes best consumed when rolled in one volume rather than in numerous web pages or one long blog post.

To get readers to subscribe to one’s email list

Ever heard of this one? If they are not selling it, they want you in their mailing list ASAP. A lot of people who enjoy reading blogs, always come across sections (in a blog’s header area, sidebar or at the end of posts) where they are asked to enter their name and email address to download a free ebook.

As a marketing avenue

Though the act of placing ads on every page of your ebook would be considered rude and disrespectful by some, it is ok to advertise wisely.11 ways to promote your free ebook

You can place links inviting your readers back to your blog (or affiliates’ sites) to pay for a service or product you highly recommend.

In this podcast, you can listen to how Caroline Middlebrook wrote a free ebook, distributed it without requiring people’s email addresses and monetized it using Bluehost’s web hosting affiliate program.

This happened a few years ago, but I still hope you can come up with some great ideas after listening to her story.

Some use ebooks to create relationships while some people offer them as one amongst the several freebies in store for people who like their work.

How can one promote a free ebook, then?

1. Let people know that your ebook is out there and that it is free

Write a detailed description of the ebook to give people an idea of what they are going to get once they download it.

How do you let people know? If you have a blog, start from there.

Create a post, a video or even a podcast announcing the availability (and benefits) of your new book. Promote it on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Slideshare and Pinterest too.

Get the word out there.

If you have a large following on Linkedin than Facebook, make sure you don’t neglect Facebook.

Tell people about your ebook, provide a download link and answer their questions if they have any.

2. Well written ebooks, should be made available in different formats, don’t you think so?

Apart from the PDF file you currently have, you can spend some time converting your source file (e.g. the .doc created by Microsoft Word) to EPUB and .prc for the Kindle Reader and Kindle app for PC or Mac.

This way, it will be easier to reach readers who consume their content mostly on Kindle, iPad, iPhone, Barnes and Noble’s Nook, Android-powered tablets and smartphones and the new tablet from Microsoft.

Make sure your ebook is available on Amazon Kindle Store.

Use Smashwords.com to distribute some copies.

Make your book available on Scribd.com, e-Library.net, eBook-Jungle.com

3. Allow others to host the ebook on their sites and even bundle it with some of their products…

as long as they don’t alter the book in any way. Not every author wants to go this route but if you are ok with it, go ahead.

4. Ask readers to link to it or review it if they like it

Of course if they like it, they’ll talk about it in their favourite online hubs. Asking them for a positive review or link shouldn’t be something to feel guilty about.

5. Add the ebook cover on the sidebar (next to your opt-in area) and make it easy for people to download

Many bloggers do it on their blogs and you should probably do it too – not because that is some sort of rule.

It means that this strategy actually works, especially if you don’t want to use pop-ups on your site.

6. Use OptinSkin plugin or Thrive Leads

What better way than to capture email addresses of readers who have just enjoyed reading your articles.

This plugin (or Thrive Leads) makes it easier for you to entice your visitors with a freebie in exchange for their name and email address at the end of your posts. Thrive Leads is a must-have plugin by ThriveThemes.

You can buy and use other email opt-in solutions for WordPress if at all you don’t want to install Thrive Leads on your WordPress blog / website..

These include WordPress plugins such as OptinMonster, MailMunch, Bloom, Click Funnels, Leadpages and SumoMe.

7. Link to it from some of you most read posts and guest posts

Just be sure that the content in both are related so that someone who enjoys reading the post will go for the ebook without saying too many, ‘Do I really need this?’

8. Use CloudFlood or Pay With a Tweet

You can use the two services to ask people who want to access your book to tweet or share a short message on Facebook (mostly the title and a link to the download page) before they can get their own copy.

You can also use Click to Tweet inside the ebook.

This works best if you have included some quotes you want the readers to share with their followers on Twitter and other sites like Facebook (assuming they have enabled their Twitter account to automatically publish to Facebook.com and other sites).

If you don’t want to use this service, though, you can still get the same results by reading Derek Halpern’s postHow to Create “The Perfect Blog Post” to learn how you can manually create a “Tweet this” link.

9. Encourage people to share it with their friends or whoever they think might benefit from reading it

You can allow them to host it on their own websites or bundle it with some of their freebies.

10. Link to it from your other free ebooks…

at the beginning and end.

11. Let it be the door bell to your mailing list…

(or a part 2 – sequel) or more great content.

This strategy works well for many people.

It might work just fine for you as well.

And don’t forget to contact the people you have mentioned in the ebook (could be fellow bloggers)to tell them about it.

You may also decide to send the book (or a link to the download page) to them.

Ask them to share it with their followers. In your email, you may briefly mention what benefits comes with the free book, what inspired you to write it, why you mentioned them and thank them for their time.

How to drive traffic to your blog or website using free ebooks

Most of the time when one creates a popular blog, they rarely think of ebooks – as a potential way to drive quality traffic back to their site (at least it may take a while before they give this a serious thought).

Maybe it is because there are more bloggers with blogs than bloggers with both blogs and great ebooks.

But first, you need to give something of value before you get excited.

No one likes trash and you don’t either!

The moment the reader senses the absence of value in the ebook, they’ll just stop reading the book or delete it from their computer altogether.

With more and more bloggers trying to get thousands of readers to subscribe to their mailing lists, some giveaway ebooks that are not well-organized in thought or form – ebooks that they themselves wouldn’t enjoy reading.

Reading such ebooks is a chore in most cases. You don’t want to do that to your readers.

So pay attention to what you write. Edit and proofread it before making it available for download and maybe have some people read it and submit their honest reviews.

I won’t go into great lengths talking about how to produce amazing content because I do believe that you’ll take your time and ensure that you only distribute ebooks that are well written.

If you cannot promote your ebook, there won’t be much traffic. This is the first thing you have to remember. You have to get people to read your ebook first.

So rule number one will always be to promote it – your original content.

Then inside the ebook, you will have to point people to more valuable content by linking to the content on your blog using words like:

  • Watch this video on (YouTube / Vimeo / Wistia) to learn how you can easily…
  • Click here for an updated list
  • Click here for more resources on my blog
  • Listen to the podcast here
  • Find part 2 here…
  • You can read more about this here
  • Click here to share your thoughts and suggestions…

Add links to your ebook’s footer.

Mention your blog’s domain (or specific URLs) in every description you write in the numerous places where you’ll be distributing your ebook – e.g on some of your related YouTube screencasts, blog posts, guest posts…

Ask for reader feedback at the beginning and end of the ebook.

This can help you in tweaking the ebook or may be writing a second book containing reader contributions with links back to their sites and your own.

If the book is good, they’ll promote it. In essence, you’ll be promoting each other. Which is a good thing, right?

If there are any services and strategies you have used that could be beneficial to others, feel free to mention them in the comments section.

Don’t forget to write your own ebook and try some of the strategies mentioned in this blog post.

How not to let your blog stop you from writing and publishing your book

When I was around seventeen years old, I had written the first chapter of what was supposed to be my first novel.

It seemed I had it all figured out. I had the list of publishers I’d approach with my proposal and the first three chapters as samples.

One year passed.

Eighteen years on earth and the manuscript hadn’t been touched in a long time. In fact, it never went beyond chapter two.

Did I stop writing?

No. my focus shifted to writing more poems and short stories.

I shared some of my works on Poemhunter, Redroom and on Facebook, as notes.

I also wrote lots of quotes and compiled them for future use in dialogue in the novels that were still waiting for me to write them.

People liked my poems, commented on them and I kept on writing some more while the book I really wanted to finish was left to gather dust.

Then the blogging bug caught me

In 2010, I registered my first self-hosted WordPress blog, wrote an about page, posted some of my poems, quotes and a few articles on it.How not to let your blog stop you from writing and publishing your book

I wanted to use that blog to share my work and use it to promote my books in the future.

I wrote more articles on anything I could think of – mostly churning out posts on family issues.

It was like I had forgotten about my novel and became obsessed with writing articles and reading post after post on how to build a successful blog.

I still wrote poems once in a while but spent a lot of the time I used to pour into writing my novel, either reading or playing with my blog.

At nineteen, the novel had not been touched in a very long time.

At twenty, I thought about all the big dreams I once had.

Dreams of becoming a published writer.

Dreams of influencing people with my own words.

Dreams of writing a sequel.

Dreams of meeting other authors (both young and old) and making genuine friends.

Was I getting closer to them or was the gap just widening?

Another novel

One night, after a very long day at school, I started writing a new novel.

I wrote around seven pages before going to bed.

It felt good.

This was going to be my first novel I thought. I tucked the other manuscript that had stalled in chapter two far away from me.

Two days passed, and my new novel had a chapter two. I was excited.

Kept reading from chapter one to two (around ten thousand words) and correcting mistakes I’d made along the way.

A few weeks later, chapter three was completed. I even spent a few hours editing and proofreading it in preparation for chapter four.

I read all three chapters, found a few errors, corrected them and laid out a plan for the next chapter.

The blogging bug crept in again after I registered a new blog

All the hours formerly dedicated to finishing my novel was taken away by the new site.

I spent hours promoting my articles – trying to get noticed, commenting on other people’s blogs, chatting with friends on Facebook and reading lots of books – from biographies to business books.

Now, we are in May 2014 and I haven’t yet published any of the novels.

Maybe this will be the year when I finally publish my first novel.

I still keep writing blog posts a few times a week.

And even though I love blogging, I won’t be ashamed to say that I have matured as a blog owner.

I have big plans and New Year Resolutions to work on.

Lessons learnt after many years staring at two incomplete and unpublished novels

Many years spent toiling leads to many lessons.

Lessons that are supposed to make a man wiser.

Lessons that are meant to help a man find his purpose – to take his goals seriously.

  • I learnt that even though blogs are great platforms to build an audience or promote books, they can easily eat up all the time you need as a writer to complete your book and eventually publish it. May be the reason this happens is because:
  • Many writers find blogging fun and promising than sitting down to add more pages to their manuscript.
  • Some writers can’t stand the rejection slips that sometimes follow a three – four month wait after a few sample chapters and a book proposal is sent to a publishing company or agent. The wait or rejection makes blogging so inviting that a writer may take several years before completing their book or writing their next book.
  • Sometimes a writer may doubt their ability to publish a book on their own and still make their work have a great impact like some of the works published by the big publishing companies.
  • It is a good thing to be tough on yourself especially when it comes to managing your time. Your manuscript deserves more attention just as your blog does. Strike a balance. One hour to your site, one hour to your book sounds fair, looks impossible, but can be done.
  • Don’t wait for a big blog audience before you finish or launch your book. The best thing you can do is to keep writing your book even if you still don’t have the size of the audience you yearn for. Your blog wins. Your manuscript wins. Two birds with one stone (you). Sounds like something you want? Please, say yes! Ha!
  • Write down two pages. One should be titled Why I blog and the other one Why am I writing this book. Why do this? Many writers never really give these questions a lot of thought. But I do hope you see the benefits that come with doing this exercise.

Set boundaries.

Let your site eat not more than it deserves.

Don’t let your manuscript starve while you look the other way.

If you have any stories or views related to this post, do share them in the comments.

How virtual assistants in Kenya can prepare for work, clients (and be clear about what they want to do)

You have heard about how virtual assistants from the Philippines and other countries do well…getting clients…getting hired and paid well?

It is time to put more Kenyan virtual assistants (VAs) within reach of more work and good pay.

This article is a guide to help you be clear about what you want as a VA.

What you’ll find here will help you answer a lot of questions.

The answers to these questions will help you get work, reach more clients, promise, deliver, get your money and thank yous.

Why become a virtual assistant in Kenya?

Becoming a VA is not for everybody.How virtual assistants in Kenya can prepare for work, clients (and be clear about what they want to do)

It is something you shouldn’t try if the need to get money is so intense that you’ll try to do several things at once (which lead to a lot of frustration and overwhelm) or get in the trap of becoming unreliable (unavailable when needed, failing to meet deadlines, overcharging, doing a shoddy job, not saying no to work you can’t do).

Be clear about what you can offer first. Don’t rush into thinking only (99% of the time) about what you’ll get out of being a VA.

Think about what your clients will get from you.

It doesn’t always work like this, especially when you are desperate for work, but you can do it.

You can put more emphasis on fulfilling their needs, which in reality will work in your favour.

You can slam on those brakes and take things slowly; taking your time to do your best every time you get work.

What do you have to offer as a VA in Kenya? Examples of virtual assistant tasks [services clients can hire you for]

VAs do lots of things. So, when you are getting started, or getting distracted because of focusing on so much, cut down on the services you offer.

At least maintain a focus and branch out to other areas, as you grow and acquire new skills.

Why do this?

You get more experienced (in a specific area) and probably create an opportunity to meet more clients (in your chosen niche) because as you guessed it, if your work is awesome, chances of being recommended by your clients to others increases.

And then? You find that a client who came to you for help editing and proofreading their blog posts and ebooks, hires you to write tutorials, write and edit emails for their email subscribers, moderate discussions and respond to comments on their blogs.

Not every VA starts like this.

Not every VA works like this.

Some start by offering three, four, five, seven or ten services.

So, you have to choose what works for you and the people who hire you.

Talk about it with your clients.

Tools of the trade – what you need to start working online as a Kenyan virtual assistant

Get your own computer

A desktop is cheaper compared to a laptop, but you still can get decent used laptops from shops around cities and towns in Kenya.

Why you need a computer as a virtual assistant:

  1. because you don’t want your clients’ work scattered in public computers (like the ones in cyber cafes) or one that belongs to a friend or member of your family
  2. because it will save you more time and keep you from getting all jittery when a deadline is nearing
  3. because that way, you’ll reduce chances of introducing malware (if you take good care of your machine) to your files
  4. to reduce the chances of someone messing up your work, accidentally deleting what you’ve been working on for hours on end
  5. because your work will get easier. Now, imagine if you edit audio, video, create graphics, or have to customize WordPress themes but don’t have your own computer to work on? Can you do all this without a computer of your own? It is doable, but can be a little tough, especially when you lose something you’ve been working on for days
  6. because there are some things that need a test environment, and what a good place than a computer you own
  7. if your work involves a lot of writing, you want to make sure that you have a computer to work on whenever you want

Reliable internet

Going to a cyber café all the time can become an inconvenience after a while.

So, get a modem.

If your work is going to involve a lot of Skype calls, downloading and uploading of big files, you need a provider that can give you internet with speeds to achieve this.

Learn how to buy Safaricom internet bundles.

Backup

Do your best to protect your machine from anything that could destroy the data in it.

Get external drives that are large enough to hold copies of all the files that are important to you. Check the ones available on Jumia Kenya online shop.

There are also many online services that offer free storage.

You might want to check them out.

Online resources

You want to continue learning and constantly improving your skills because you love your work and you’re interested in helping your clients achieve their goals.

There are many resources ranging from free blog posts (e.g. how to become a freelance writer in Kenya – there are great tips to glean from the post – read it), ebooks, videos, podcasts, email (lists), courses to premium products. You can find some of those on this site.

Go out there and learn. Then implement. Meet other VAs and share.

5 things publishers look for in a book

Ever wondered what publishers really look for in a book?5 things publishers look for in a book

Let’s say a budding writer, we shall call Mary, has finished writing her novel after labouring for eight months.

She now wants to see her work in print.

Apart from going the traditional route, she also wants her book to be available as an ebook download on Amazon’s Kindle, Apple’s iBook store, Barnes and Noble etc.

She has, for two months, asked her writer friends whether self-publishing would be a better option…and what did her friends tell her?

‘Self-publishing won’t make you a nickel unless you have a name. A big name! You don’t even have an online presence.’

‘But I am on Facebook? I have 230 friends.’

‘So you’ll be selling to them I guess?’

‘Come on. I can build my name online if I want. I can do it.’

‘Let us know when you do because from what we hear it is not that easy to get people’s attention.’

Mary shelves her dream to become a self-published author for awhile after the conversation above.

She then starts feeding Google and other search engines with keywords like:

  1. What do book publishers need?
  2. What do publishers look for in a book?
  3. What do publishers expect authors to do before they accept their works?

Here are some of the things a publisher expects from you, the writer.

1. A book that can withstand competition

They don’t want a book that will fail to capture a share of its target audience.

A book that loses market share to every new book that hits bookstores isn’t a book most publishers would want to invest in.

So the book must be good.

This can be achieved with better story telling (that grips the reader, keeping them turning the pages) or better research that is presented in a way that makes great sense to the readers.

2. A book that can sell

Most publishers love books that sell.

Publishing is, in most cases, a business, and therefore profit must be realized if the publisher is to continue doing business.

There are bills to be paid, royalties to be paid.

A book that can sell many copies is like gold to the publishers.

And they like books that have the potential to bring more money to them.

Publishers also love books that have the potential to go viral – books that get people talking and buying.

If a book can remain popular for a long time, that’s a bonus.

3. A book that explores common issues in a different way

A book that brings in new ideas to the table will most likely get a yes from a publisher, that is, if the ideas are not ridiculous.

You may worry about your book not being accepted because the concepts you espouse are foreign to the publisher you are targeting.

Tell the story.

Don’t hold the information that may give your book an edge in the marketplace to yourself – unless you come to an agreement with your publisher to do away with certain chapters or sections in your book.

4. A book written by an author who can market his or her book

What a blessing if the author can get his book in front of readers, many readers?

If the author can drive sales to the roof, would a publisher frown? In most cases, no!

Publishers love authors who talk about their books cleverly. What do I mean when I say ‘cleverly’? It simply means talking about your book and either:

  • causing the listeners to talk about your book when they are with family and friends, or
  • getting the listeners to buy a copy or two.

5. A book that is in line with their mission and vision

Unfortunately, even publishers sometimes don’t realize that the book they are rejecting today may be the book that could have driven them closer to their publishing goals.

People make mistakes.

People do regret at times.

Some learn a lesson.

Others keep on repeating the same mistakes.

So, it is a good idea to look at the kinds of books they have published.

Pay attention to the correspondence between you and them, because hidden among these could be golden nuggets that, at the end of the day, make the difference between another rejection letter and a bestseller (not that every book that is published becomes one).

Want to add something? Share your opinions in the comments.

Google Keyword Planner keyword research: Need help with it? Hire Niabusiness.com

Are you in search for a freelancer, a company or an individual to do keyword research for you?Google Keyword Planner keyword research: Need help with it? Hire Niabusiness.com

A person to quickly take a word or phrase of your choice and research it for related terms?

Someone to help you find how easily you could rank for given keywords?

Someone to give you a list of keywords  you can use in the titles of your blog posts, YouTube videos, Slideshare uploads, landing pages and ads online & offline?

Keywords that you could use in your copy?

Keywords that could point to you what a certain segment of the market (you are in or after) is struggling with?

Keywords that could help you answer the questions they ask and let your expertise shine when people acknowledge how you tackle a problem with deep interest and just the right amount of passion that leads to great results?

Welcome. Niabusiness.com, through its keyword research service, helps you do all of the above.

You give us a word or phrase, a domain name or topic and you get back terms related to it, and more, to do with as you please.

Who can benefit from this keyword research service? Should you hire Niabusiness?

Anyone thinking of doing anything online really, especially if you are:

  • interested in sharing your knowledge and ideas online and off
  • interested in making it easier for the millions of searchers who depend on popular search engines to sift through the vast amount of content, products and services already available in various markets, offline and on the internet, to find you
  • interested in creating a new blog, website or email list or improving the assets you already have online
  • interested in selling anything online, attracting readers and customers to your content, products and services by paying for traffic or getting free quality organic search traffic from the popular search engines
  • interested in doing thorough keyword research on many different terms, words or phrases but don’t have the time to do it well – or for some reason, you can’t do it yourself
  • interested in knowing terms people use often when talking about, or researching, a certain topic, niche, industry, business, person or remedy
  • interested in creating more content targeting the keyword researched to rank for them and be found by people using them
  • interested in launching a new product or service and want to know what people use to find similar products or services offered by your competitors
  • interested in knowing which keywords people use to find websites and blogs owned by certain businesses and individuals in your niche or industry (those you consider competitors and those who simply offer, for sale, products and services that complement your own)
  • interested in knowing more about the keywords commonly used by people (which are difficult to rank for on search engines) and those that aren’t used often (long tail keywords that you can rank for on search engines with a little effort, even though they may bring fewer visitors to your blog or website)
  • interested in finding keywords which you can then use to be the main topic in a niche site you created or one you want to start soon
  • interested in keywords you can use in your blog post’s descriptions, tags and title fields
  • interested in writing a book or ebook, creating a video, a presentation or a guide and want keywords to give you more ideas about what people look for (struggle with or want more of) when it comes to the topic, audience or market you are targeting
  • interested in knowing keywords that warm visitors and make them ready to take a particular action – one that may  be the difference between a successful sale and an unsuccessful one

If you are an individual interested in any, or all of, the above, take advantage of this Niabusiness.com service.

All you need to do right now is tell us the number of terms or phrases you want researched, what you want to use the keywords for and what you aim to achieve.

Interested in using Niabusiness.com keyword research service?

Click here to see our rates and select the number of keywords you want researched.

Hire help for WordPress setup: script, plugin and theme installation for your WordPress blog or website

Are you in search of a freelancer, individual (like a virtual assistant) or company to setup your blog or website, add plugins, themes and configure them right fast the first time?Hire help for WordPress setup: script, plugin and theme installation for your WordPress blog or website

And you don’t want the headaches (mainly frustration and time lost not knowing what to do, who to talk to or where to find someone to guide you) associated with starting WordPress sites?

You are in the right place. Your search for that someone to hire, that right freelancer or company to pay to help you get started quickly sharing original and useful blog posts that attracts readers, email subscribers and customers stops here at Niabusiness.com.

To get started, use the contact form below to discuss your needs now. If you’d rather learn more about this service first, read on.

Why let someone start your WordPress blog or website for you and setup everything?

To save your time for other important things

Starting a WordPress site looks easy! I am not saying it’s difficult.

But as someone who knows which tasks brings you the most value, satisfaction or return, you bet the right thing is to focus on those things and not use valuable time getting involved in tasks that don’t bring you or your audience all the good things you have in mind.

So, if you know this to be true in your case as well, this is where we come in – to ensure your time is mainly spent on these other tasks that are more important to you – for example creating long-form content and short blog posts to get more organic search traffic.

To limit the chance of frustration slowing you down from achieving your blogging goals

When starting a WordPress site, there are times when things go wrong (fatal errors popping up on your screen, for example) or when you find yourself spending hours and hours figuring out something you thought would take you five minutes or less.

To make sure you only install the plugins and themes that you really need

There are thousands of plugins and themes to choose from on WordPress repository and other plugin and theme marketplaces out there.

Every list of best free or best premium WordPress plugins or themes is filled with long lists of must-haves.

Some plugins do the same thing.

Some help you do certain things better.

And with this overlapping, choosing can be hard.

Or you may find yourself adding many plugins to your site – which is a recipe for disaster.

First, lots of your time will be lost learning about each new theme or plugin you install. Your time will be lost trying to configure the themes and plugins of your choice to work properly.

With the many installations, there will be a likelihood of conflicts between the plugins and themes you upload to your site – which gives room to more fatal errors.

But that’s not even the big problem. Your web pages will load slowly for the readers, visitors and potential customers who decide to visit your blog or website.

And slow sites, to be honest, pisses a lot of people off, especially if their internet connection is slow for one reason or another or they just have too much on their plate and want to get something from your site fast and move to other things.

When your site loads slowly, most people will do the following:

  • they’ll leave and look for whatever they were after (perhaps a product, service or content like the one you have on your site for readers and potential customers) somewhere else (like competing sites or businesses)
  • they’ll limit their time on your site. For example, if they ready to explore your blog or website some more, reading one, two or three more pages, they’ll limit the time they engage with your content (which reduces the chance that they’ll take the action you want them to take e.g. subscribe via email, comment, buy something, contribute their ideas, among other things).

No one wants these two things to happen to their investment (yes, here at Niabusiness.com we look at a blog or website as investments that must be well taken care of from the start – something that must be nurtured into this big thing that reaches more people, helping them, solving their problems, educating them or just making their day).

Google, too, takes into consideration the amount of time your site loads.

Given that their business, Google Search in particular, is to help their users (and a lot of people on the internet use Google in one way or another) find relevant , useful information, products and services fast, you bet they’ll be shaking their heads when they detect a slow site (and smiling when they notice your page load speed is fast).

Niabusiness.com, through this service, ensures that your site becomes one of those that Google (and other search engines like Bing, YouTube, Ask and DuckduckGo) notices and smiles.

We help you setup things right from the start.

To ask questions and get more ideas while your WordPress site is being created

Letting us start your blog or website for you gives you the chance to ask questions and get answers. Answers to questions like:

  1. What to do next after your blog or website is all setup and ready
  2. What info you need to know about the niche you are targeting with your site
  3. Who to get in touch with in your niche and why
  4. Where to find relevant blog and websites with the kind of readers or customers you are after and what to do when you find them
  5. What essential things you must do in the first week (and month) after launching your blog
  6. How to write your blog mission, the benefits of having one and how to stick to it. More info on blog mission can be found in our ebook How to Start a Successful Blog here
  7. How to move forward and ensure your site doesn’t become one among those that gets abandoned a few months after they are started, slowly let to wither away until the domain name expires and there isn’t even any motivation left to renew web hosting.

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Editing and proofreading: 2 reasons businesses need to outsource this

If you look at the number of documents produced by businesses on a daily basis, you’ll quickly realize that it is a lot.

And the volume keeps increasing with new businesses that are set up – and new customers that are acquired.

Looking keenly at all the documents, you will notice that some businesses:

  • take the time to edit and proofread themEditing and proofreading: 2 reasons businesses need to outsource this
  • spend as little time in the editing and proofreading bit, ending up with documents still containing errors here and there
  • don’t allocate time to (properly) edit their documents. They simply use their first drafts, without making revisions. The result? Documents full of typos, grammatical and factual errors. That’s not good for business.

Most businesses realize the benefits that come with polishing their documents. Some decide to do it themselves – and either: succeed at this, achieve average results or fail miserably.

As long as they are in business, owners know that their businesses will always keep pumping out words – in the form of emails, articles, newsletters, adverts, tutorials and more.

They can either decide to do things as they currently do them or make changes, do things better and create beautiful documents.

So, why bother editing and proofreading at all?

1. It is one of the best ways to ensure your documents have a clear purpose, supported by every single word you write

You want to make sure that what you promise in the title, or headline is what you give to your customers, prospects, investors, in the first and subsequent paragraphs.

Niabusiness.com editing and proofreading service gives you the advantage of aligning the story created by the words in the body of your document with those in the title.

It forces you to delete words, replace whole sentences or paragraphs, use synonyms, use simple words or shorter sentences to make your writing concise.

It also helps in setting the tone, giving you the power to choose to be formal or to lean more towards the informal.

That’s why first drafts should not always be denied the chance to undergo revisions.

It is part of the writing process – for a big reason.

It limits confusion and wastage of time.

It helps you avoid turning a million dollars to a hundred thousand dollars because of a missing zero.

2. Perception

What comes to your mind when two businesses A and B, offering similar services place similar ads on your favourite newspaper or website? This? ‘Hmm. Two businesses offering the same service, at the same price. Which one do I work with?’

Now imagine reading A’s ad and noticing one or more errors in their advert, while B’s ad is error-free. What happens?

Automatically you’ll be pulled more to B than A by the mere fact that their copy is clear, error-free and easy to read and understand.

If the two businesses invite you to check their websites and you realize that A’s web pages are riddled by more errors, you may find yourself drifting more towards B.

Of course, not all clients can make the choice to go with either A or B on the basis of who edits and proofreads their work better. But this is not a reason for this bit of the writing process to be neglected.

The smart way to go is to do everything better as a business. That includes giving your words more power by dedicating enough time and money to editing and proofreading every document you create, regardless of whether the document brings in money or not.

How can you do it right?

Whether you are a big company, a sole owner of a small business, an online-only business, the question you should be asking yourself now is, ‘How can I do it right?’ because I firmly believe that you have been doing some, or a lot of, editing and proofreading since you started your business.

1. Continue doing it yourself

You can simply polish your work by yourself as you’ve always done especially if doing this doesn’t take away time that you could spend on other activities that brings your company even more value.

2. You can hire someone to help

If you find the right person and pay them well, you will have more time on your hands to focus on your top three, four or five income generating activities.

You can get a freelancer of your choice, or –

– hire Niabusiness.com to help you

You can send every single document in your custody that is already typed over to Niabusiness.com anytime.

It can be a sales letter, an article, email, web page, guide, ad, contracts…save your time for other activities by allowing Niabusiness.com to:

  • take the pressure of having well written documents off you
  • catch errors that might escape your attention the first, second or third time you go through your first draft
  • take the drag and boredom that comes with improving the quality of you documents

How does this make your business more money?

It allows you to focus on your top income generating activities. And that’s where I believe you want to spend most of your time, right?

If you want to save your time and money for the more important activities, contact Niabusiness.com, send your work and get them back error-free.

5 things successful people do at the beginning of every month

There are many things that differentiate unsuccessful people from the persons considered successful. A bigger part of the differences stem from their actions or inactions.5 things successful people do at the beginning of every month

And below are some things you should start doing at the beginning of every month if you aren’t doing them already.

One may also argue that you should forget about the word should and consider the following five points must-dos if you want to be a successful person yourself.

I want to see you become successful.

Just getting an email from a reader saying they have been able to overcome a bad habit, become more confident, take their business to another level, got better at managing time and worked hard towards making their relationship with God better – makes me happy.

A man is not man enough if he doesn’t interact with others, take his time to know more people, learn a thing or two that will add value to his life, love people and share what he has learnt.

The same principle applies to women and children.

Everyone.

Time is never enough for everything we want to do.

Months come and go.

Wishes come and go.

But how many of us wish we had more time on our hands just to be able to achieve certain goals? Me? You?

This brings us to the first point of the things successful people do at the beginning of every month:

1. Become a successful person: Look at possible ways to organize your life then start implementing, bit by bit

Have you ever had so much to do—with little time on your hands that you ended up doing nothing at all (especially when you wanted to do everything at the same time)?

Look at the things that take your energy without giving back to you the equivalent (could be a big bounty!) of the energy you invest in them.

I discovered that doing several tasks or taking upon so many projects at once always left me feeling stressed, and devoid of energy and enthusiasm to tackle the next task or undertake the next project.

Doing several things at once always robbed me of my energy—and I didn’t achieve what I wanted in most cases.

This brings us to the matter of priority.

How does one go about prioritizing things?

Make a list of things you should do first.

Do them fast as you possibly can! Always give them priority.

Make another list of things you would like to do (but aren’t very important) and create time for them.

List down the possible distractions you might encounter and besides each, note how you are going to best deal with each.

Allocate time for everything you want to achieve and don’t get too much obsessed with a few things that you end up neglecting some other important things that you’ve ‘always wanted to achieve’.

If you normally take at least twenty minutes daily writing on your personal journal, don’t let a movie get in your way when that time ‘for you and your personal journal only’ comes.

Don’t promise yourself to get back to your personal journal when the movie is over. It always never works.

If you let something distract your schedule, you’ll likely be rolling with another schedule which isn’t yours. And you’ll, in most cases, hate yourself for having left distraction destruct your schedule.

Sometimes I define the word organised to mean the ability to do something you promised to do at the time you allocated for it, without letting it rob even a minute off another to-do.

2.To be successful: Find out what makes you happy (the right things that make you happy)

Sometimes we derive contentment from doing things we like doing – whether they are good or bad.

At the beginning of every month, you should come up with a list of the right things that make you happy.

Whenever I feel low, reading, biking, doing my thinking while drinking lots of cold water, writing poems, recording myself talking about life, dancing to music or writing song lyrics uplifts my spirits.

I also do these things whenever I feel worry filling my lungs, heart and mind.

I do read some of my works later on and feel good – marveling at my own creation.

I share some of my works (like this post you are reading now) here at Niabusiness.com knowing that someone will also find something that’ll add value to their life.

Beware though of things that brings you ‘happiness’ and not happiness – you know, pleasure for a moment, regret for a season!

Do things that don’t at all bring the word guilt into your mind.

Indulging in illicit sex, gossiping, watching too much TV, making fun of other people, chasing money like a hyena, showing off or consuming a lot of drugs like alcohol to get happy (i.e. numb some pains) won’t get you where you want to be in the long run.

I believe you wouldn’t want the word trouble to be your synonym for happiness.

Sometimes your intuition tells you this and that won’t bring you contentment but you choose to ignore the warnings, rush somewhere in search for happiness only to find yourself surrounded with trouble.

Find out the right things that make you happy and spend time doing them throughout the month.

3. Another tip from the lives of successful people: Find out who brings joy and happiness to your life

That may be one or all of the following:  God, your spouse, children, siblings, friends or a relative.

Be honest with yourself when making a list for ‘who brings joy and happiness to my life’.

Don’t just add a name because you feel obliged to.

Spend time with these people. Spend time studying God’s word or sharing it with others.

Come up with different ways, you and the people who bring joy and happiness to your life can also bring joy and happiness to other people’s lives.

Go ahead and do this.

You’ll reap a lot of benefits. ‘What benefits?’ you may ask.

Go out there, and you’ll find out (and please come back here and share with us).

Generosity coupled with a cheerful heart makes you strong. And enjoying your days with strength and health in your bones, that is a good thing to have.

4. To be a success: Look back – what did you do well in the past month?

Look at the goals you set for yourself last month. What did you achieve?

If you managed to save more money than you ever did at any point of your life, don’t stop there. Save even more this month – with the aim to invest and not just keep it all sitting idle in your bank account.

If you managed to rise from bed two minutes after the alarm went off in the past month, go ahead cast the two minutes aside and experiment with one minute or less. You’ll like the results that come with rising out of bed immediately your alarm goes off.

At the beginning of the month, make a list of your achievements in the past month and devote more energy towards achieving even more this month.

Don’t try to achieve everything overnight though. Remember we talked about this in point number 1 above.

Make another list of things you didn’t do well and outline things you’ll do to make improvements.

And please don’t let failure weigh you down forever (or for longer than it is necessary).

5. Be successful: Reduce the number of times you say ‘I will’. Get down to business

We humans are very good at listing things we are going to do then end up doing the opposite or doing nothing altogether.

Why? Procrastination? Because sometimes we love taking too much time planning and getting absorbed in excitement (results we are hoping to achieve) – and hating the boring part that entails DOING (the process).

So stop saying ‘I will’ and get down to business. How?

Start by finding out what happens to you in between planning and execution.

Find out what always stops you from executing your plans to completion.

Find out the kind of distractions that you usually face and the ones you are likely to meet.

Then do the obvious: come up with measures that’ll ensure you execute your plans.

If you have ideas, it’s time to get down to business. It’s not time for excuses, wishing and being lazy sitting on your behind. Life doesn’t sit lazy waiting for you to put yourself together and up your game.

If you want to stop a bad habit, don’t say: ‘I will stop smoking starting tomorrow.’ Start the journey now.

Why?

Have you heard many people (even in your family line) with big plans who died with their big plans because they always waited for tomorrow and that tomorrow turned into a week, a month, a year, a decade, a lifetime and finally a regret that was then extinguished when death came?

Can’t you just make a conscious choice to do – and stop with the wishing and hoping while you tie your own hands with the cuffs of inaction?

You already have the power in you, granted by your creator, the Almighty God, to execute on your plans, not only for your own benefit, but for the benefit of others as well.

So, why the constant whining and blame games?

Why the softness, when your mind and heart are capable of resilience and love?

Why the hesitation from taking action on an idea that can affect the lives of many people in a good way?

You know what? The best way to execute is to start immediately. Now.

You’ll have to gather enough strength to start doing things right at the beginning of every month.

And why should you bother doing all these things? Just to be like successful people?

The little, little things you do every month will have an impact on your New Year Resolutions.

Building your confidence from doing these things will encourage you to do even more. And affect more lives with love, solutions and your time. And that’s one way to become a really successful person in the world we live in.

What do you think? Doing any of these things already? Are you experiencing difficulties implementing the five points and thinking that this success people talk about is all but an illusion? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

How to stop procrastinating and be successful

Want to stop procrastinating and be successful?How to stop procrastinating and be successful

To no more delay action? To once for all decide to work hard and become the successful person you know you can be?

Yes?

May be?

The tips in this article will help you reduce the rate at which you put off the things that are, essentially, the building blocks of the dreams that are dear to you.

Even if you have to put things off – something which will happen throughout your life – this article will help you learn how to quickly make the right decisions concerning things to put off and things to work on now, and persistently, everyday.

Where most people go wrong when dealing with procrastination

Dealing with procrastination isn’t really about learning how to stop putting things off.

It is about learning how to do the putting off.

That can only be done when you learn how to weigh things, put them in their place and go a step further to learn how to determine what truly deserves a big chunk of your time, focus, concentration, attention and care, because, guess what, most people will always keep putting things off.

You included!

Now, that may seem like procrastination isn’t a big deal, and that everyone procrastinates.

You might be right to think that.

But don’t channel your energy there.

Think about what happens when you learn how to use the power of putting things off, which everybody including you and me, already has, and doing the opposite of what most procrastinators do.

Doing the opposite of what most procrastinators do – and becoming successful at more of the things you do in life

Instead of continuing to delay the dreams you hold so dear to your heart, you begin, one step at a time, to embrace these dreams and learn how to put off the things that are currently stopping you from getting closer to them.

It is like continuing the cycle of procrastination, only this time, doing it smartly.

When you look closely it is, simply put, a simple path that leads you away from procrastination and its many hooks.

It is not about being perfect and getting it right in a day or a week.

And it, certainly, isn’t about giving up things left and right, now, to focus all your attention on your dreams only to revert to the old habit in less than 30 days after making the decision to give procrastination up.

It is about growth.

Steady growth.

It is about learning, through practice, how to grow out of this habit, first by teaching your brain what can and cannot be put off.

What happens when you put off things?

Good things can happen.

And bad things can happen as well.

What mostly happens depends on what you put off.

Don’t think that putting things off is such a bad, bad thing, because no matter how you love your dreams, and no matter how hard you beg procrastination to leave you alone, so that you can focus on achieving your goals and finishing your tasks faster, it is just not going to let go that easily.

If you beg it to leave you alone, it’ll simply whisper to you, ‘Beg me again.’

If you politely ask it to part ways with you, it is going to remind you of the present pleasures you’ll miss and the pain (which is normally temporary) that you’ll endure when you part ways.

If you shout at, it is going to ask you to do it again.

If you try to forcefully evict it from your life, it’s going to wait for you, and before you even shake it off completely from your life it is going to creep back in.

If you decide to beat it out, you are going to receive more blows than you give.

If you force yourself to give little attention to your habit, it is not going to leave; it is always going to wait for you.

The best way to upset it is to upset your brain – to have it around in your life until it decides to leave you alone.

This is the smart part you’ve read about already – weighing things and giving your time to the most important of them.

This all takes time, encouragement, pain and a lot of energy.

It is simple, yes.

You know, just put off the things that are wasting your time at the moment.

Simple, right? But, not easy!

There will be days when you will be tempted to slip back to the present pleasures when the pain to get something better than what you already have now, becomes too much.

You have to stand firm during such moments, when doubt sets in and you just don’t know how to take the next step.

I mean you can look at that sentence and see it for the cliche it is – or focus on the power of its sheer simplicity.

Not learning new tricks on time management – and wasting even more time poring over numerous resources on the internet for the secrets to stopping the habit of procrastination – but by repeating the good things you manage to do…improving, through your actions, your focus on the priorities that you know truly matter to you now and in the long term.

It is a journey, a long one and I am here to hold your hands if you agree to do your part, which starts when you decide that you are ready for your dreams and are ready to work and start walking the same path you have tried to walk before – now with someone to guide you and help you build a strong foundation.

A foundation whose top you can confidently build as many floors of dreams as you want.

Having said that, always remember this: the only person responsible for how fast or how slow you reach your goals is you. You can do this by learning, among other things, how to use your power of focus and curiosity to give more meaning to every 24 hours in your days.

Remember the most powerful thing you can learn from this post is that

…it is all about how you use the power of putting things off.

You can use it for, or against you!

Err on the side of the few procrastinators who, after realizing how this habit can disorganize and ruin their lives, put in the work and eventually emerge victorious – not for a week or a month – but continuously for years – getting better and better each day – and becoming successful persons.

Want to be successful? Learn how procrastination disorganises and probably ruins your life

I took a walk around a temple called LIFE, enjoyed the company of different people but no one frightened me so much like the guy PROCRASTINATION. He looked so innocent, quiet in a corner by a very large window, a sword and shield in hand.

He looked somehow like a bully, but before I could keenly study him, he disappeared in the tall trees next to the temple, out there.

Tell me your name (first, last or middle), and probably it starts with letter P, R, O, C, R, A, S, T, I, N, A, T, I, O or N – may be a reason why most human beings are so obsessed with this guy. Joking! Let’s put this aside for the moment.

Why do many people spend time procrastinating and not working hard to become successful in life?

  1. It feels good postponing doing things we should do now to delay success and achievement. Most human beings like feeling good now than later, plus, we sometimes get obsessed with the less important things we do now so much that we can’t even let a picture of the possible consequences of our actions peep into our big brains.
  2. People do like the feeling that there’s still a lot of time for the things they regularly postpone. Most people think that there’ll be plenty of time to do what they don’t want to do now.
  3. Some people know that they are wasting time procrastinating, but keep on promising themselves that soon, their habits will change and procrastination will be gone.

Procrastination as a stranger – robbing you of success

But imagine procrastination as a stranger you meet one day in a hotel. God gives you life – say 20 more years of life in the form of an ice cream. This guy, procrastination, cracks a lot of jokes that you can’t help yourself but laugh and proclaim to the world how funny he is.

In between as you laugh and proclaim how funny he isprocrastination grabs your ice cream and lick away five years.

And the moment you decide to do away with procrastination and his jokes, regrets and wishes bombard your system already. Why?

Because  procrastination has licked away 5 out of the 20 more years of life you were given? Will you be proud of procrastination after he does that? Yes. Maybe no.

No, because you don’t know, like many people, that he’s licked away five years of your life (and he never tells you about the amount of time you loose either -just lets you find out on your own later).

You won’t acknowledge the fact that out of the 20 years you were given to live your life the right way, five were licked away by procrastination.

To add insult to injury, you may be confident enough to believe that you will be given another ice cream (read: more years to do whatever you postponed doing) to enable you do the things you didn’t do when you were supposed to do them.

It even becomes hard for you to realise that procrastination can only take away your time in return for nothing – to be proud of.

Your life is important and procrastination likes you alive than dead. Procrastination knows the right kind of jokes to crack to sweep you off the path of progress, hard work, prosperity and making right choices.

Procrastination takes your time in return for…

… a short easy life, which in actual sense is the worst kind of life to live. Why? Because, it’s filled with wishes, regrets, tears, pain, and I know this is not what you want.

Lying on the bed when you should be finishing your assignment isn’t easy life. You get to submit your work late, with lots of mistakes and there’s only one thing that always come to your mind if my work doesn’t get rejected, how many marks will I get (or lose)?

You fail to give priority to the important things in life. You get yourself in misery-land, not wonderland.

So you end up in a cycle where you give more time to less important things and give little time to things that truly matter to you and you get your eyes wet with tears.

You bang your head on the wall, curse yourself, call yourself names…sometimes you end up entertaining suicidal thoughts….

Life isn’t good without having done the things you know you should have done – but it’s better if you start now, better later than never…. Life is a sharp blade of sadness if you let procrastination take away from you things you treasure…if you let it pull you farther away from success.

Once negative thoughts get into your mind – owing to the unhappy life pushed your way by procrastination, it is easy to get yourself into more pain and trouble.

Like getting into drugs, sleeping with whoever wants to sleep with you, not treating your customers well, constantly fighting with your team and building high walls that keep profits from finding their way into your books.

The results are not things that’ll please you.

If you lock yourself in the prison of pain, it’s easy to attract more pain your way. Get help. Don’t self-destruct.

Tell procrastination you don’t enjoy his jokes anymore. Tell procrastination to hand you back your ice cream before his tongue touches it.

Tell procrastination bye forever. Tell procrastination you don’t want his company anymore.

Part ways and live the good life you know awaits you.

It may be hard parting ways. But hey, you better. Why? You don’t want to see your life ruined just by postponing one thing after the other. You want to live a good life. Life isn’t good when procrastination holds the majority shares.

Now is your time to become a better and successful person.

And just before you navigate away from this article, a few things that I would like to bring to your attention:

What’s your experience with procrastination? And how has it affected your quest to make a success of yourself?

Be successful: 5 things that will compel you to be an extraordinary performer in life

You know the saying. There are lots of almosts out there. A lot of people whose skill are rated average. And a ton more who wallow in mediocrity – in parts of the world where this is considered normal.

But then there are those people who master a skill or topic in a way that makes people wonder if geniuses are born or made. They seem incredibly successful at the things they do – whether they lead quiet lives (and prefer staying out of the limelight) or they are famous (and love being in the spotlight).

Some people have the necessary ingredients in them but they don’t have the stomach to handle the hard work that comes with being extraordinary in:

  • the way they carry themselves and how they treat others (think about those with the gift to edify, inspire and hold others accountable)
  • a skill many possess
  • school
  • showing compassion
  • starting something from the ground up and building it into something that affect the lives of many others in a good way
  • forgiving others (and themselves) and moving on – fast
  • seeing things through. Staying committed during the good and bad times and generally getting things done compared to the many who just let their dreams mix with the air flowing to who knows where
  • not following the herd – and questioning things when necessary while not being a jerk about it at the same time

Want to do the extraordinary? Want outstanding performance? Want to be a successful person? Want to be the best – and have a special way of doing something that appeals to people’s needs and wants?

The following reasons will compel you to get started immediately.

1. Sometimes your competitors will only bow when you become an extraordinary performer

What do you when your competitors are already doing something great? Do you also start a me-too thing? Do you shelve your dream? Do you start then attract losses instead of profits?

What you need to do is not to do anything ordinary.

Do ‘extra’.

Research.

Put in more hours and creativity.

Experiment. Understand what you are trying to solve. Go the extra mile…and time will come when even your competitors will unashamedly say: ‘That is extraordinary.’

And some of their customers – or whatever group of people they appeal to – will gladly turn to you to take care of their needs and wants.

2. Extraordinary performance is fun

Want to have more fun?

Why not push yourself a little and see the fruits of your ‘brains’ ripen?

Facing challenges voluntarily is fun especially when things work out.

Or even if they don’t, because there are always lessons to be learnt that can be used in the present to reach your goals faster the next time you take on a similar or different challenge.

Won’t it be exciting when something you have been working on for months or years finally work out?

Get to work till ‘incredible’ becomes the word people use to describe your performance (fruits of your labour).

Enjoy doing because enduring the challenges that come with striving for extraordinary performance has its good sides.

Like:

  • laughing at yourself when you do something silly or make some mistake – and then correct it
  • when your face lights up in excitement when you discover something new and unexpected
  • when you face your fears, focus on doing something and at the end of it all finding out that the fear you dreaded was nothing but fear – that could have easily denied you a chance to have fun using your brain had you let procrastination sway you to its dark corner of nothingness.

3. Your gifts (your pot full of talents)

I wonder what always happens when someone fails to utilize their gifts.

If you are good at something, isn’t it a good idea to polish your skills?

To make your plans a reality?

To seek more challenge – and thrive?

To solve people’s problems – for free or for profit?

I don’t see the point of having a gift but failing to do anything beneficial with it.

Is it fear that makes people sit on their gifts? Is it choice or is it the, ’I am still waiting for the right time to launch.’ attitude keeping people from unwrapping their gifts to benefit others?

If you want to know what’s in the box, you got to unwrap the gift. Not so?

Your gifts, they are like the materials you need for a new building: cement, metal, glass, wood etc.

It is up to you to decide what kind of building you build with the materials at your disposal.

The funny thing is that everyone wants that extraordinary building. But no one ever built one wishing.

God is there for us all and has blessed us immensely, even giving us the effort to make sure we do extra ordinary things.

How you are going to use the breathe in you to make your gifts (and the fruits that come from them) extraordinary is up to you.

You can squander time or build – more than ordinary – by going that extra mile.

4. Satisfaction knowing you are working towards achieving your goals

I don’t know what your goals are but I do believe that you know that sometimes the best way to work on achieving your goals is to step out of your current state and be an extra-ordinary performer.

Extra-ordinary performance is like a car’s accelerator. When used carefully, you’ll reach where you want to go in one piece.

Faster.

Without causing any accidents.

Or reaching your destination with dents.

With extra-ordinary performance you get a lot of things done…done in time.

You learn to de-clutter your life.

You learn to manage stress and the pressures of life quite well.

You give attention to new challenges.

You learn more about yourself and what you are working on.

You make mistakes and learn from them.

You edge closer to your goals each passing minute.

And that’s how you get an edge over everybody else working to achieve the same goals. That is how you become successful at the things you do.

5. The lure of monetary gain

Performance begets gain.

But extra-ordinary performance attracts extra-gain.

Everything seems to be getting expensive these days. Inflation is on the rise.

More countries are getting deeper into debt. And junk is taking away the little money left over after taxes, bills and that little disposal income (note: I am not excusing the act of using money inefficiently then wishing you were making even more believing that more money is the answer to the inefficiency).

A few extra-notes (thousands, millions, billions or trillions or more) for extra-ordinary performance isn’t a bad thing as long as you lay your hands on what your performance has honestly attracted.

But you already know that it is a step in the right direction to always keep your hands off that which doesn’t belong to you.

Remember: Hard work, creativity, integrity, passion, hope, determination and love for people can easily make you an extra-ordinary performer.

What does this mean? You already have all the ingredients you need to be an extraordinary performer in your chosen field(s).

You already have what it takes to be.

So are you still going to wish or be? Are you going to put in the hard work to become a successful person in life? Are you going to do the extra-ordinary work needed to be done? Are you going to put your talents into better use – or are you just going to shelve your dreams – and just let time pass by because of this and that (excuses)?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

To become a successful person, what do I need to do better?

When I was sixteen, I could sit and think about what the word success really meant. In later years I still went on doing this. I’d sit for hours under a tree thinking.

Then I came across Jaime’s blog – and read a post she titled 25 Quotes When You Are having a Craptastic Day. The post got me thinking…hard.

I told her that I wanted to write a guest post for her blog – don’t know whether she received my message.

Her article was (and I hope still is) filled with quotes on success from people that are regarded as role-models by many people all over the world.

The quote: The road to success is always under construction by Lily Tomlin really caught my eye.

The other one was Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts by Winston Churchill. When you read her article, please let me know which quote you liked the most.

Are there good enough reasons why you should become a successful person?

Yes – if you know what you want and have a strategy to start you off for now, go ahead. Be successful. Make your dreams a reality.

  1. May be you are not contented with some of your habits. Getting rid of them will bring you contentment. I believe you want to be happy, to be a better person, right?
  2. I read in some old book some years back that the greatest achievement (success) you and me can get our hands on is to love God and other people. If anything is standing between you and achieving this great goal, find a way to get past the wall. Hit the dirt road now – and never look back.
  3. May be you are not happy with the way you live at the moment and you think that introducing some new changes in your life will do you some good.

People vs. Success

The pursuit of success sometimes can be compared to a tourist going out on an adventure alone.

He has to spend a lot of time alone walking, pitching his tent and spending more time walking, most of the times thinking about the journey ahead; and usually there aren’t a lot of people to talk to – except the people who might be living around the places where he stops to pitch his tent and spend the night before hitting the road come the next day, early before sunrise.

There are many things he’ll be scared of while out there, alone in the wild. Strange sounds in the middle of the night, darkness, fear of being attacked, fear of catching an illness.

He has to contend with two opposing voices in his head always. One telling him to pack everything and go back home and another one telling him to continue with the journey; to hold onto patience till next evening – the latter giving him assurance that things will be fine.

The problem is he never has a clue when that future (when things finally work out) will come. Sometimes thoughts like, This is just a waste of time parks truck-loads of negativity in his ‘brain-lot’.

The tourist in each of us trying to lead us to success

Some people will hit the dirt road early before sunrise everyday till they reach the place they want to go.

Some will head back home…at a point when they should have stayed on the road and just walked a few more miles to achieve a particular goal. They head back home not knowing how close they were to finding success.

So, they get back home, enjoy doing things they normally do. Then a time comes when they aren’t contented with their life anymore. They hit the road again.

Sometimes they persevere till they find success. Sometimes they head back home having achieved nothing – and how they wish luck could look in their direction!

Some will fight the fear within them and work their way to the top. Some will give up altogether and later on regret why they didn’t try harder.

What about you? Regardless of whether you have the characteristics that most people believe define success or not, you just have to walk one mile, walk a hundred more, and on top of that, walk another ten.

And if that isn’t enough yet keep walking.

I hope you get everything about the illustration I used.

Let’s break down the illustration – and see how you can apply it to your daily life

The things the tourist packs in the bag before embarking on the journey are the things we usually prepare or use to nurture our talents, improve customer care, do away with bad habits or learn something new – things we use to do the hunting.

The tourist is scared of the dark, right? There are a lot of things we’re scared of when we start scratching the earth for success – think about fear of failure, facing people who are opposed to our ideas, not being sure whether the risk we’ve taken won’t chew all the money in our bank accounts before we achieve anything substantial, self-doubt, lack of confidence in our ability to do things the way we feel they should be done , fear of making mistakes, spending a lot of time pursuing this thing called success – which always is kind of boring to many, fear of trusting that voice which always tell us to stay on and fight, among other things.

The tent – that’s where we should rest as we lay out better strategies or fine-tune the ones we already have. It’s good to get a biography or autobiography and mull over the events, that is, at moments when we just want something to boost our confidence.

To keep us going.

To keep us inspired and ready to do the hard work every single day, knowing that shortcuts leads only to temporary gains and long time pain.

Success lies somewhere in the future but always has a connection to the present. If you stay on the dirt road, walking, trying at all times to never loose your focus you’ll meet her.

Don’t just be talented at starting things. Stretch your talent to being able to accomplish what you have started – and always devote some of your energy towards ensuring you do just that.

What about the people that helps the tourist? They can be compared to the people around you – members of your family, friends and even strangers who care about you and are ready to help you.

Sieve all the advice that is thrown your way and reasonably make decisions that will help you when ‘that voice’ tells you, you are just another loser wasting time.

Even if you fail once, twice, thrice or seventy seven times, there are still chances for you…to get things right.

To end this post, let’s look at a few things you can do starting now become a successful person

You already know that water is essential to human life but if not handled well can lead to harm. I would like to highlight this one point first: When you become successful (or when you start experiencing mild success), please don’t discriminate on silly grounds like race, age, social status, sex, IQ etc. Just like water serves every human being, without discrimination, let your success (and actions) benefit others too.

Do you know the struggle water has to endure to get to the ocean from the water towers inside some thick forest? Our pursuit for success should be just that enduring. We have to endure the long trips. Have a clear picture of where you are headed first. Then start your journey. Fast or slow.

Success has no finish line, so you’ll have to push past the obstacles that come your way. The struggle is never over. You can’t wake up one day and say: ‘I’m successful enough.’ When success to you means becoming a better person, the journey never ends till the day you hear, ‘May his (her) soul rest in peace.’

Water is almost accessible to every human being. And where it is not accessible, some will struggle to get it. And they eventually enjoy the fruits of their struggle when water touches their dry lips. Likewise, success is accessible to every human being. Chase it, for the right reasons, and you’ll be glad you did.

Success may be like raging floods. Be careful. Handling success is not one of the easiest things to do. It will be embarrassing (or demeaning) when you sit somewhere ‘in the comfort of your success’, when the way you conduct yourself is a nightmare to people out there.

Enjoy yourself but not at the expense of others. Let your water flow on the river bed. Don’t let the it overtake cars on the highway. Let the water stay, where it is meant to be.

When you buy a bottle of mineral water and pour it into a glass does the water say, ‘…for your information, I like it here inside the bottle…I don’t like being in glasses…’ I don’t know, it might. But is that a reason for us to listen to it and obey? No.

We have control over it. We decide whether we want to pour it into a mug, a beaker or a flask. Likewise you can become successful in any field you are passionate about (when hard work accompanies passion).

If I want to be a successful mathematician, I’ll definitely be successful as long as I get my math formula and the answers right (on top of constant practice).

If I want to be a successful marketer, success won’t say to me, ‘…you know what…I don’t like this field…you are on your own dreamer. Get in touch with me when you ditch marketing.’ With hard work, my wish should be its command.

Remember water can be solid, liquid or gaseous? Success is like that too. What I mean is that there is no one clear picture of what success is. You can’t say it is blue without hearing someone shout, ‘Noooooooooooo! It’s black.’

Success may be blue in colour alright. But to a young girl named Felicity, it might be light blue. To Churchill, it may be green. And as long as you find the right definition of what success is to you it will be alright.

Stick to what works for you. If you prefer the liquid to the gaseous or solid state, no problem – so long as what you are doing is right.

Just like everyone needs water to stay alive and healthy, your success should be geared towards the same goal. Let it hydrate life. Let success make you a better person. Don’t take too much of it that you end up intoxicated. Take the right measure.

Take 2.5 litres of success daily.

Without water, there could be no life on this planet. Without success diseases could have possibly wiped out the entire earth population. Without success and struggle by leaders from different parts of the globe, the earth could be a slave to more inhumane ways.

And oh, we use water to clean dirty things. We use water to bathe, shower, wash our hands and clothes etc. It can be used to clean the ills in the society.

Success doesn’t always equate to more money. It is that struggle we put to become better people. It is when we win battles that at the end add value to the lives of people close to us as well as those far away.

Water makes music. Probably you have heard the music made by the waves if you’ve been to a beach. We listen to music when we are low to uplift our spirits.

Real success is not monotonous. It is there for you when you feel low. It doesn’t suck all your energy and force you into saying, ‘I cannot do this anymore.’

Just remember that there are always lots of fruits that come with it.

But good things hardly ever come easy. Start by putting into good use the time you have, lest procrastination steal a big chunk of it from you.

What do you say? Share your tips, personal experiences or anything you are going to do (in regards to life and success) after reading this post in the comments section below.

Once you start thinking about how to make money online with your blog, here are the bad things that happen

Once you start thinking about how to make money online with your blog, there are bad things that may happen. It’s not always the case. But sometimes, in one’s quest to make money online there can be a lot of bumps along the way.

The seeds that you need to start a blog, oh, they can be cheap.

Stories of internet marketers making big money with their blogs and affiliate niche websites

Compare that to the rewards that come with a successful blog – think of all the great stories we read of internet marketers (and people who didn’t know what a blog was until may be a few months ago) making big money after publishing just a few hundred articles in their little niche site.

Doesn’t hurt to pay a little for the seeds (a domain name, hosting and internet access) if the fruit that follows a few weeks or months down the road is of the juicy and fleshy variety, right?

Will the effort you put in make you money with your blog?

But who knows how things always end up?

After all, merely following a case study or being pumped up about this blogging thing doesn’t guarantee that things will be any different for you compared to the other millions of bloggers who are frustrated and desperate for more juicy and fleshy fruits.

We still all want to make money though, at least enough money to pay for the blog’s hosting, domain name renewal, a WordPress premium theme and a few awesome WordPress plugins that you can’t get for free – essential plugins that you may do without if you are not in a rush to benefit from the solutions they provide.

Dollar signs – misleading? Come on!

But dollar signs, they can sometimes mislead. Let you walk west when you should head east.Once you start thinking about how to make money online with your blog, here are the bad things that happen

And woe unto the bloggers who don’t have a sound plan. Or those with awesome plans they never follow – sort of like walking with eyes closed, when really, you are not a blind person.

And guess one of the things that cause bloggers sleepless nights?

Dollar signs.

‘I mean, why can’t I have more with all the effort I’m putting into building a successful blog?’

‘Or are the gurus just lying to us?’

‘Or may be I am not selling my products and services hard enough?’

‘Or may be if I increase my web traffic, pageviews and email subscriber numbers by more than 50% the current number, I can then make more from Google AdSense ad clicks and affiliate programs? ’

‘Or am I late into the game – and this blogging thing just works for people who started their sites years ago?’

‘Or is it because I am not getting more organic traffic from countries where large numbers of the population have large disposal incomes like the US, Canada, UK and Australia?’ [for those targeting English speaking populations.]

‘Or may be all I need is more backlinks – more quality links need to be built?’

See the many questions that pop up when a blogger starts thinking too much about how they can make more – money – from their blog?

And the more they do this, the more distracted they become, trying all manner of tips and tricks at the same time – which is a recipe for disaster!

For sitting down for long hours throwing stones – in the dark – in different directions hoping that we hit our target, that is a scary thought. One that makes the head spin even more.

That’s how bad things start happening.

That’s how many bloggers never build successful sites.

That’s why many blogs are abandoned.

Replicating other people’s strategies to build successful blogs and profitable websites

Most of the times, we hear of a success story and try to model it.

Often the wrong way.

Because:

  1. We don’t take into consideration, how long it took the blogger to achieve the success they have with their own site.
  2. We don’t take into account how they went about building their site. I mean there are many people out there with successful blogs who don’t waste their time getting distracted about the a million tips and strategies spewed on the net on a daily basis.

They just focus on the core reason for their blog’s existence and publish a lot of articles (or videos or podcasts or graphics) every week (some every day) consistently over long periods of time and over time they attract more and more readers.

We don’t take into consideration the number of blogs out there that already offer the same solution we do.

Or think of a way to differentiate how we present our content compared to the thousands of other blogs that may be targeting the people in the same niche we are a part of.

The quest to make more money blogging

And what do all this lead to?

The quest to make more money.

Which leads to spending more time out there consuming other people’s content (reading posts, watching YouTube videos, listening to podcasts, downloading free ebooks, buying ebooks, enrolling for free online courses, buying courses) in search for the best way to go about making more money doing this blogging thing.

As you have guessed, doing that will pull you in different directions, as the different people who you get advice from have different experiences and approach the same topic in a different way.

And most of them believe they have the right answer to your questions. They hail their story – their success – as the way to breaking the bank.

Here’s how to get more distracted and confused about how to make money with a blog

So, if you want to be confused and get distracted, keep on reading those kinds of posts even if you already know what it is you should be doing to earn more income and build a profitable blog.

Read twenty different stories (case studies, whatever) – and you might just learn twenty new ways to keep spinning your wheels, a frustrated blogger Philos.

What it takes to grow your blog and make money from it

The consensus is: content is king.

Create more of it.

Create it quickly as you can.

Publish it when there is value to be had from it by the people who are eventually going to consume it.

What it doesn’t take to make money blogging

It doesn’t take worrying about how little you are making to make more.

It doesn’t take spending hours upon hours reading how other bloggers make money blogging to make more.

It doesn’t take hopping from social network to social network to make more.

What it takes, the core that one needs to focus on, is creating content that helps other people achieve their goals.

Brick by brick, that’s how the house gets built.

I know you can do this. When you do, good things will happen.

Promotion, using ads to get more traffic (customers!), links, mentions – all these are spices that make things a little better. Use them. Just don’t stray from the core.

How are things working for you and your blog? Suffering from the kind of distraction I mention in the article? Share your experiences and question in the comments below.

If you decide to look for love or a date on dating websites, here are 7 important decisions to make

There are many online dating sites for people looking for love or dates on the internet, some free but with a premium option for those willing to pay for extra features.

In this article, we’re going to look at some things you should think about seriously if you want to join any such site or if you’ve already signed up with one.

1. Why did you join a dating site, really?

Sometimes you get to do something until you forget why you are doing it.

The times when you’ve forgotten or almost forgot, comes with the opportunity to remind yourself why you joined a dating website.

What inspired you to join one? Was there a major occasion in your life that led you to sign up with one of these sites?

Are you in there looking for someone to marry? Want a long term relationship or simply want friends? Or you simply want someone you can go on a date with?

Did you sign up because you say you are busy and don’t have much time on your hands for relationships and simply want something a little bit passive?

Were you just curious when you signed up?

2. How much truth is in your profile?

Most dating sites give their users profiles – a place they can tell and show other users more about themselves.

So, how much truth are you willing to put in your profile?

Do you even have the words to put in there, because as bizarre as it might sound, there are lots of people who can describe anything like their dress or gadget in great detail but can’t seem to do the same when you ask them, ‘Tell me about yourself, who you are, what you want and what you value most?’

How much truth are you willing to put in there, and I don’t mean only the good things about you but some of your flaws too? Because guess what, most people just love showing how good they are, how handsome or beautiful they are and the usual.

Know what you want and tell the other users what you are looking for. Mention some of your flaws. Your profile doesn’t have to be all honey.

3. Willing to pay money for extra features?

Some sites require you to become a paid user before you can be allowed to use some features.

No one should decide for you here.

You have to assess things and do what you think is right.

Remember, no amount of money is too small.

4. How do you deal with the hundreds or thousands of potential mates you meet?

When many users start connecting with you, it is a good thing to learn how to deal with the numerous requests to connect.

Why?

  • Because you only have 24 hours a day. How much time are you willing to spend chatting with others? What will you do about users doing their best to help you waste your time, distracting you from the main goal why you joined in the first place?
  • There are thousands of handsome and beautiful people. You can’t have them all. There comes a time when you need to decide, be honest and stop two-timing.
  • You can easily get distracted. Forgetting about someone you’ve been connecting with so well, when someone new starts connecting with you, someone you can’t get enough of his or her words.

This is why it is very important to be very particular about what you want and do your best to allow no one to distract you and influence you into doing things you won’t be proud of later.

5. Your photos, do people really need to see all that flesh?

Why do you do it?

Why show so much skin?

This is something you should deeply think about before you upload a photo to your favourite dating site (app) on the internet.

And careful the kind of people your profile picture can attract.

6. Is one dating site enough for you?

Like Twitter and Facebook, some do to dating sites, what they do to the big social networks.

They join every one of them.

There are a lot of things that can influence your decision here

  1. like how much time you have on your hands
  2. particular site features you’re after

7. When the time comes when you have to meet – what will you do?

Oh, such times do come. When you just want to meet and see the person who’s made you laugh and say silly things.

Simple rules still apply when you meet this stranger. Meeting in public, being really observant, telling your family and friends where you are going, to meet who, and for how long.

A lot of things to decide, right? But then again, all the decisions you make will influence the outcome of the time you spend on these websites.

What do you say? Any tips, stories you might like to share? Add them in the comments.

Read more articles on love and relationships here.

How to find affiliate programs to join and products and services to promote on your blog to make money online

You already know that becoming an affiliate and promoting products or services is one way you can make money online (a percentage of every sale you refer to a merchant’s site) with your blog.

All you have to do is find something that would benefit the people who come to your blog, talk about it in a post, without forgetting to add your affiliate link as mentioned in this post.

Of course, your site must be able to attract the right kind of traffic. Without anyone visiting, no one will be reading your stuff and clicking your links. And that means no referrals, which translates to no sales – and money.

Why would you look for affiliate programs to join? As a way to make money online

You can do this if you still don’t have a product of your own to sell. It is easy to look for something useful and recommend it while you still work on your own premium products.How to find affiliate programs to join and products and services to promote on your blog to make money online

There are many similar products out there you can decided not just one or two but more. For example, when recommending hosting companies, premium WordPress plugins, blogging ebooks or shopping carts, you are free to list a number of useful but similar products – and link to each using your unique affiliate links.

In a way you limit the number of products in a given category without denying your site visitors a chance to choose between the various recommendations.

Sometimes you may have a useful ebook, video, audio file or e-course that you create solely to give away for free and decide to add your affiliate links to it, not merely because you want the money but because you think the receiver of your freebie would find your recommendation useful and be thankful for it.

Check this post for someone who successfully did this – and may be go ahead and listen to her talk about how she did it in the podcast I have linked to. It might give you more fresh ideas to share your recommendations in a meaningful way and increase your affiliate earnings from commissions you get paid by the companies and individuals behind the different programs you decide to join.

It feels good getting paid for recommending something in good faith. You can’t afford to not smile (even deep within) when you sign in your email and find an email in your inbox (from one of the companies whose products you’re promoting) prompting you to initiate a payout to your PayPal account anytime.

Where to find affiliate programs to join

Amazon

Amazon is one of the biggest online shops in the world – selling all kinds of products and services. And the good thing is they have an Asssociates Program (what they call their affiliate program) that you can make money from with your websites, blogs or apps.

It’s easy to sign up for it. You can even join other Amazon associate programs in other countries like the UK, Canada, France, Germany etc. as well and use WordPress link localization plugins or OneLink to localize your links and increase earnings from people who come to your blog, click your Amazon links but choose not to shop from the main US Amazon.com online shop and instead shop from other Amazon websites like Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca etc.

Also like the ShareASale program mentioned below, you can receive your Amazon earnings straight to your Payoneer account – and withdraw locally from your bank account or from your Payoneer MasterCard debit card which you can get free – sent to you via mail. Sign up here to apply for your free Payoneer debit card today. Or learn more about the benefits of using Payoneer as a blogger, freelancer, entrepreneur or online business owner here first.

Commission Junction

Commission Junction is a site that allows merchants to use the site to create and manage their affiliate programs. Publishers can also sign up, check the various products and services (there are so many), narrow in on a few, create affiliate links and add them to their sites as banners or text links.

Other sites like Commission Junction include Impact Radius, Rakuten Linkshare, Share A Sale and JvZoo.

Does this mean that there are only 3 sites like this? The answer is no. Start with the three and then, may be, look for similar sites later.

e-Junkie

e-Junkie allows people to sell digital and physical products and so many people sell their ebooks and various products through the site. And yes they have affiliate programs for most of those products. Search their marketplace for products to buy and promote.

You can also check ClickBank, a site similar to e-Junkie, and sign up to become an affiliate. Note though that this program doesn’t allow publishers from certain countries to join their program.

As of this date, Kenya is such country.

Do check their site regularly to see if they’ve made any changes regarding this. If you must join ClickBank as an affiliate hailing from Kenya, you can also find someone (family) in the accepted countries who can sign up and let you use their account – and send you your earnings to your bank account back here in Kenya.

Better yet, you can incorporate an LLC (with a bank account) in one of the accepted countries and use your new company to sign up for ClickBank as an affiliate. More on this in a future post.

Jumia Kenya affiliate program

You can also sign up for the program offered by one of the biggest online shops in Kenya to promote and make money from the many products sold on the website.

A lot of bloggers in Kenya already use their program to monetize the traffic to their blogs – and some are making good money every months recommending various products to their readers and shoppers in Kenya.

NOTE: You can also join the affiliate program offered by your web hosting company of choice, your domain registrar or one of the sellers or companies selling some of the products and services you already own and use at home or at your workplace.

Just look around where you are right now for ideas of products you’d like to start promoting as an affiliate. Then go online, using any search engine of choice, to check if the company that created the product has an affiliate program.

Even if they don’t, check if one of the partners they work with has a referral program you can join and start making money from.

Footer or main navigation bar of websites selling products or services

The fastest ways to know if a website you’ve visited has an affiliate program, is to check the main navigation bar or the footer for words like ‘Affiliates’, ‘Partner with Us’, ‘Referral Program’ or ‘Affiliate Program’.

All you have to do then is to sign up to grab your link and start referring people that come to your blog, in your email list or followers on social networks.

Some sites will require you to be their customer before allowing you into their programs but some don’t have conditions like this.

Click here to join Niabusiness.com affiliate program

Reading blogs on topics that interests you

What better way than to find product recommendations from blogs you love and read often? Say a blogger, P, writes about blogging, web hosting and such, and you also write about blogging and people come to you for help starting their own blogs, you can, through consuming P’s content, find links to his recommendations.

You can then go ahead, make a purchase, review the product and talk about it and recommend it on your own site – adding your affiliate link in the various posts where you mention it.

Some sites also have a ‘reviews’ section and lists of the best products in various categories, so make sure to check for such, too.

Visit some of the sites I have mentioned and don’t forget to keep an eye on the recommendations in the various blogs you visit.

Here at Niabusiness.com, we also have an affiliate program you can join. Want to sign up now and start earning commissions promoting products and services in Niabusiness.com shop? Click here.

If you have ever wanted to learn how to make money online, now you know how important affiliate programs can be in your quest to earn more online.

Check some of the websites and affiliate networks linked to above to find new affiliate programs to join and make money from. ShareASale for example hosts many merchants, products and services you can start promoting once they approve your account and site. Definitely check it out

If you have any questions or suggestions, drop them in the comments below.

Why email marketers must subscribe to several email lists

Email marketing. It’s not just for businesses. I mean, some people think that it is restricted to that group only. And they are not wrong. Wait a minute? What was that?

Email marketing can now be used by anyone – corporate entities and even individuals running their own blogs or websites. That’s a fact that’s as plain as the plainest of things.

Businesses can be email marketers. Individuals can be email marketers. You can be a successful email marketer.

But before you get deep into all this…

Be or think like a business

As mentioned in this article, many persons with blogs and websites take too long before they introduce an opt in form on their site and an incentive to get emails (from people interested in what they do or sale) and the permission to send more useful, and interesting updates to those who give their email addresses to them.

One can argue that they may be profitable that they don’t need to ask people to sign up to an email list once they land on their websites or blogs.

But even if that’s the case, how much trouble does one need to get into to add an email sign up form on their site and create an incentive? Not much if you ask me. And the trouble is always worth it.

Those with membership sites may be excused of course – because then they still get the name, the address and a chance to engage even more deeply with the members who sign up to their site. Same thing that happens with email subscribers.

WordPress sites can also be configured so that every time a new member signs up, they are automatically added to an email list.

Anyone who doesn’t take advantage of this affordable way of marketing (email) and owns no membership site is missing on something big. And they can quickly start taking advantage of it once they commit to build a list.

If you have done, or are willing to do that today, that’s good. You get the chance to read on, to learn about the main thing I want to share with you today.

There’s more involved in email marketing. A lot more than choosing the best software to help you create and send your campaigns and autoresponders.

Things don’t stop the moment you add your sign up forms to your site and start seeing your list attracting new subscribers every week either.

Create your own list and also subscribe to several other email lists

Several could be five or ten, a hundred, five hundred or a thousand. You get to decide how many lists you want to join – and yours should be among those you join.

Why join several lists? It’s akin to what businesses do online and offline. Watching their competitors. Taking time off their day to see what’s going on in the neighbours – the companies in their industry and other industries.

You have to subscribe to several email lists for the same reason. To learn about others who are marketing this way. To learn how they do their thing.

It’s free education – an education that can pay well if you are attentive and commit to the study long enough – learning and never stopping.

It’s an education that can also give you the chance to connect with the other marketers; an education that can give you the chance to learn about traditions and new trends that make email marketing even more powerful to you and your customers.

Where will you find the best email lists to join?

The first place to look?

Start with sites owned by businesses in the same industry you are in

Some are your competitors – after the same people you are after. In some cases they offer similar products or services to the same market (or a segment of it).

Some may be owned by people you know in real life. May be folks from your town or city.

The rule is, if they are in the same industry and have a place for their customers and prospects to join their mailing list (which can be on a website, blog, Facebook page, Twitter or their offline store via apps which can be installed on tablet PCs, QR code etc) and you are interested in learning how they engage with their subscribers, sign up – to learn.

The second place to look?

Sites owned by individuals blogging on topics related to the products or services you have in the market

Some blog, and blog really well, but they are not businesses yet. Turning their blog into a real business could be one of their main goals. In the meantime as they wait and work their way to that goal, some of them turn the traffic they get to their sites into subscribers.

They could pitch a little but spend more than 80% of the time they engage with their subscribers via email sending them useful information that the readers are glad to receive in their inbox.

You can be one of those readers.

Open their email campaigns and autoresponder series (email sequences) to:

  • To learn how they use email to engage with you.
  • To learn how they share their expertise.
  • to learn how they sell you on their products and services
  • To learn about the questions they ask.
  • To learn why they send what they send to their subscribers.
  • To learn about the different things they do to make their copy even more effective.
  • To learn how they get you to take action.
  • And most importantly, to learn what they do next once you take the action they want you to take.

What do you do once you sign up into those email lists?

It’s all about learning, learning by seeing what others do.

Learn how they craft their subject lines, headlines.

Learn more about their choice of words.

Learn about the many choices they make before they send their copy to their email subscribers.

Learn why you can’t wait to receive new updates from some of the lists you have subscribed to while you are tempted to unsubscribe from others.

Learn why you click the links on some emails and not others.

While doing all this, always remember that the number one reason you are dedicating a part of your time to do this every single day is because:

  1. It can lead to a lot of meaningful connections with the marketers you join their lists and connect with by replying to their emails.
  2. It is a good way to learn about other people’s thoughts, concerns, predictions, successes and failures. If those marketers happen to be in the same industry as you, that’s a plus. If they are in another niche, you can learn how to use what you already have to tap into the niche they are in as well.
  3. It is free education that you can hardly get paying for any course. You will learn how some structure their offers and get you to buy whatever it is they are selling. The good thing is that most lists, owned by businesses and individuals making massive profits or losses, are and will always remain free.
  4. You will learn more about your industry. One thing that most email marketers use a lot is stories. Why? Because they know it works really well. It keeps their subscribers reading further down and taking action. This can be a chance for you to learn about different studies, experiments, strategies, companies and even individuals you may have not known about before.
  5. It will help you craft better emails for your subscribers, which means more people will open the emails they get from you. More of your subscribers will take action and share the emails they get from you with their friends by forwarding them and linking to them from their favourite social networking sites.

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Why you need to remember how many make money online articles you have read so far

Actually, the total doesn’t have to be exact. If you can say something like I have read around twenty or so, that is not bad. You can also go ahead and say something like, ‘I have read just a couple of them.’

If you already have an answer to ‘How many have I read so far?’ let’s look at the following:

Why did you read the make money online articles in the first place?

Sounds like a question you don’t want to answer?

To answer this question you can ask yourself why you like make-money-online kind of articles. What makes you click and read or scan through them? I guess one answer that will top your list will be this one:

  • To make money, what else?
  • Of course, that’s the point, yes?

You could also give answers like:

  • To learn how others are doing it
  • To find something to experiment with
  • To find more ways to tweak my online money-making skills
  • To find out if what I am doing is widely accepted
  • To stay ahead of the pack
  • I just find myself reading them
  • To enable me come up with my own unique ideas of making money
  • Someone recommended them
  • I guess there is still something I am missing. May be it is hidden in one of these articles
  • I want my blog to be able to pay its own bills (hosting, premium themes, plugins, tools etc)
  • They inspire me and so on

If your answer isn’t among the ones I have mentioned, you could share it in the comments when you are done reading.

What have you learnt so far on how to make money online in all the articles you have read so far?

Reading these articles is not a big deal.

What you learn is, and even the lessons sometimes are not a big deal.

I know that you found lots of interesting facts and opinions in the articles you have read.

When learning, two problems always arise.

There is a tendency to learn too much in a short period of time.

There is also a tendency to learn so little.

The right balance comes in when one learns to filter through the numerous articles and finding ways to avoid reading articles that look the same (though you may learn a lot from the author’s experience or take on a matter you already know).

If I asked you what you have learnt, would your answers be similar to some that have been mentioned below?

  • I have learnt that to make money online I must give something that solves another person’s problem/give something that someone would wish to have
  • Making money online takes time (could be one day, one month, four months, one and a half years or seven years)
  • I should learn how to trust others and make it easy for others to trust me
  • There is room for experiments as long as I hurt no one
  • I should be kind and learn to be ready for new opportunities
  • I should be able to adapt to changes that take place in my industry
  • I should do my best to keep my integrity intact
  • I should learn to ask questions and be confident even during bad days

If you have learnt this much, I say bravo.

But what have you done with all the tips on making money online?

There is learning and doing.

One can decide to learn how a blender works just by reading the manual and countless articles online.

Another person can decide to read the same and then try what they have learnt by plugging the blender in a socket and putting the knowledge they have gathered to test.

Another person may decide to put the manual aside and play with the blender because:

  1. They know how it works. Maybe they had a similar blender before (meaning they are putting what they have learnt into practice)
  2. They are excited and will only resort to the manual when they are stuck (meaning they are confident that they can get the blender to work)
  3. Someone is standing next to them telling them what to do. It could be a spouse, friend, child etc. (meaning they are learning and doing at the same time)

Another person may try to use the blender, but at the slightest sign that something is not right, read the manual, try again and then give up (sounds like how most people use search engines and Wikis like Google, Bing, Duckduckgo, Yahoo, Wikipedia and WikiHow).

After every lesson, you can decide to do something with all the info. A lot of people do nothing – or just make half-hearted attempts.

So what should you do?

Let it be the thing that always looks so hard to achieve but brings great rewards (in form of the feeling of overcoming  a challenge, achieving the success you have read in the numerous make money online articles or just the sense of having gone through it all and emerged a winner.)

What have you added on top of what you have already learnt about making money on the internet?

Looking back at the examples under what have you learnt so far section above, you could write a blog mission that enables you to add a personal touch to everything you have learnt.

This in turn can motivate you to implement the things you have learnt with little or no headache.

Here are a few examples:

After learning 1, 2, 3 (please refer to the what have you learnt so far section above for the examples) I have decided that:

  • I will update my blog with new articles only four times every week instead of seven and prepare a podcast during the remaining three days
  • I won’t sell my integrity for money. I won’t write a good review just to get more money. When something is bad, I’ll boldly and respectfully say so
  • I will take the time to help other bloggers with their missions
  • I will spare more time to interact with the readers and customers who come to my website and blog
  • I’ll stop harbouring the feeling that other bloggers won’t accept my guest posts. If they don’t, well and good. I’ll send another proposal
  • I will use surveys and questions to learn more about the people who pay for my products and services

etc

Getting back to the first question (Why you need to remember how many make money online articles you have read so far?)

If you gave an answer to the ‘How many… articles have you read so far?’ I want to tell you that I was asking that question in order for you to be able to know all the questions you should answer whenever you read any make-money-online article from today onwards.

I wanted to bring this to your attention because like I mentioned in What to do when you find the make money online articles almost splitting your brain you can find yourself wasting lots of energy and time, just because you read an article telling you how to make money.

What are your thoughts? Still want your online business website, or blog to be a top earner?

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Why I sometimes fear Google as a blogger and internet entrepreneur

How many Google services or products do you use on a daily basis? You’d be amazed if you sat down and spent a few seconds putting up a list. The list could go beyond three or even five for most people who have regular internet access.Why I sometimes fear Google as a blogger and internet entrepreneur

Lately I have been thinking a lot about all the Google services I use as a blogger – and I am afraid to say that I use many of them. Dash over to Danny Brown’s marketing blog to find out how Google is trying very hard to put more of their food on your plate.

I mean as long as you continue consuming (and nodding your head without ever mustering the courage to say no) they’ll continue filling your plate.

May be it is just business sense. May be they are just putting their lens on their competitor’s markets to talk more people into using their services. You never know.

Why are Google services attractive to bloggers and internet entrepreneurs?

You want a You Tube channel? They got it. To get it, you’ll likely create a Gmail account and when you do that chances are that you’ll end up with a Google+ profile too…and then a time will come when you sign up for AdSense to monetize your videos.

You want to improve your blog? That’s good. They have something for you. Talk about Webmaster Central, Google Analytics, Feedburner, Google Trends, Insights, Google Alerts, Doubleclick Ad Planner, Google Adwords and the list goes on.

Want to start a blog? They got Blogger.com, if at all you don’t want to start a self-hosted WordPress blog or website.

Want to make money from your blog? They’ve got Google AdSense to help you make a dollar here and there.

And all the food is presented in one shiny plate. It is kind of hard to resist plowing into the ‘all things nice’ with your spoon and rushing it to your mouth.

Google, having the reputation as one of the most popular search engine, therefore is a giant that every blogger and entrepreneur feels they must work with no matter what.

Why do every blogger and internet entrepreneur feels like they must work with Google no matter what?

  • They want traffic from search engines. This seems to be one of Google’s specialty. They own the secret recipe for better search. But you need to remember that one minute they can point their wand to your website’s direction and you get more traffic. If you make them mad, the same wand may be used to push you down Google’s search engine results pages.
  • They want to share videos and screen casts. Google, through YouTube.com, again ranks at the top as the most popular provider for hosting and sharing videos.
  • They want to sell products and services. Here again Google gives a ton of promises (‘Create quality sites and ye shall get free search traffic.’). You can get some of these promises for free while in certain instances, you’ll have to buy them, paying for ads, for example.
  • They want to test what converts well on their sites. Yea, Google again offers some of the best tools available (for free). You can get information on what your competitors do and how you can improve your site to get the desired results using Google Analytics tool and adwords.google.com, for example.

Why do I sometimes fear Google then?

  1. It is all free . Most of the services are free and you never know what the host can do to you. As a guest you can be thrown out of the house any time whether you do something bad or good. I know you have heard stories of people who have been banned from Google AdSense on grounds that never violated the ad network’s terms of use in any way or people who didn’t do anything wrong but whose site’s traffic tanked overnight nonetheless.
  2. Using Google services sometimes gets addictive to the point where one can dismiss traffic from other sites, simply because Google is the king and the rest are just wannabes who envy what the king does. This over-dependence, on one source of traffic for example, can cause a lot of chaos and frustration somewhere down the road.
  3. Google keeps piling more food on your plate. And whether you like it or not, you will likely be coerced into eating it today, tomorrow and the day after that…and soon make a habit out of this.
  4. Some alternative services from companies competing with the giant aren’t reliable. They come on the scene and disappear so fast. Some just don’t want to push harder to win the trust of bloggers and so more bloggers feel safe hanging with Google.
  5. And sometimes I just fear because it is natural. And this also let’s me come up with ideas that make it easy for me to explore different ways to grow my site.

Does that mean relying so much on Google is a bad thing?

It is a company, working to achieve its goals just as much as you do. Before answering this question, you should therefore always answer the why that comes after the what.

Anne: What did you say?

Mary: I hate Google.

Anne: Why?

Mary: I no longer appear on the first search engine results page for the keyword ‘I hate google’.

See what I mean?

Some one once said, ‘Do not put all your eggs in one basket.’ I guess that was Aesop.

Another man came along and said that it is ok to put all your eggs in one basket so long as you watch the basket. I think the man was Warren Buffet.

But how about doing the two at the same time? It could prove impossible to most people but the eggs would be even safer.

Are there good alternatives to Google’s popular services and products?

Plenty. And you probably know some.

Even though you aren’t going to ditch Google entirely, it is better to have two great persons that you can rely on.

When one breaks your heart, you can run to the other for consolation – as you think about getting back together with the company that messed your heart. Funny.

Google, through its analytics tool helps me know:

  • Where my traffic comes from
  • Keywords used by people to reach my site
  • Content that is popular on my site
  • What I can do to get more traffic to my blog
  • Sites that link to my blog

Any alternatives I can use?

  • It is time I started using Compete, Clicky, Facebook Insights, Quantcast and SiteMeter too. Jetpack, the little plugin by Automattic can also be used by blog owners to understand where their traffic is coming from, the keywords people use to get to the various posts published on their blogs etc.

So, sit down and create a list like the one above, then look for companies glad to help you achieve what Google is currently helping you do. Two or more is better especially when you are talking about growing blogs and websites.

When you are out there pushing posts to numerous blogs, you should look beyond just building a ton of back-links to your site.

Ensure that you guest post long enough on other blogs for your site to stick on people’s minds. Will people remember you when you just write one post for your favourite blog? May be.

But what if you published more guest posts (to a particular blog) for over a period of say six to eight months – even if it was one article every month? You tell me in the comments section below.

  • Think about Bing. Yea, you better hurry to Bing Webmaster Central if you haven’t. Verify your blog with them and then submit your site’s sitemap.

Doing that can help you boost your website traffic from this other search engine that never gets much attention as Google.

  • Build a brand. Let people be familiar with your name, your blog’s name and what you do. Show people you really care about your blog and that you are ready to help them (and share with them) when they are looking for content on a certain topic. Most of them won’t bother looking for you via Google again.

And even if you don’t like direct traffic, it is time you gave it the attention it deserves and worked harder on making it an effective way to achieve your blog mission (more on this in this ebook) just as you give organic traffic hours of attention.

Make your name synonymous with something, just as Google is synonymous with search and a myriad of other services. You can see what I mean by looking at the about pages and blog posts on Meant to be HappyMichael Hyatt, James AltucherCopybloggerThe Sales LionTechweezEntrepreneurs JourneyProbloggerLorelle, Eventual Millionaire, A Fine Parent, Art of Non Conformity, Entrepreneur on Fire, Tinybuddha, StephanSpeaksMake a Living Writing, Kikolani, On Blast BlogTraffic Generation Cafe, Goodlife Zen, Possibility of Today, Copy Jesus, Firepole Marketing (now Mirasee), The Art of Simple, My Wife Quit Her Job, Freelance Folder, QuickSproutSmart Passive IncomeIssa Michuzi, Boost Blog Traffic, Reboot AuthenticSocial Media Examiner

I mean there are just so many bloggers doing some great work, and I don’t mean to puff up the ones who own the sites I have mentioned.

  • Don’t underestimate the power of social networking sites. Someone told you traffic from Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest isn’t ‘really that great’? They may be right, but sometimes people fail to see the beauty of something even when it glares them in the face.

Chase the traffic from these sites, experiment, fail, test some more and may be you could be the one writing a post titled: How Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter sends 2000 – 3000 people to my blog on a daily basis.

So work hard on getting more likes, friends and followers on your favourite social hubs. Make your fan page a friendly place. Create valuable content that gets shared and add all that traffic to the ones Google currently refers to your site and you won’t regret diversifying.

It is hard but doable. Seems impossible but is possible. Needs a ton of time and yes you have the time needed. Just get to work.

  • Promote your blog offline. I’ve talked about this before. All I want to say is that sometimes we spend a lot of time promoting our sites online (and relying so much on targeted traffic from Google) that we forget we can get better results by spending a few minutes everyday promoting a site offline.
  • Build your mailing list. I don’t have a huge mailing list. In fact it has slightly over 280 subscribers right now (Thursday, 1st May 2014) and that doesn’t mean I can’t get more loyal Niabusiness.com readers to opt in. I am working on increasing the numbers and believe that the number will go up up up up.
  • Offer free ebooks. How many free ebooks have you read so far? I have come across (and downloaded) some really good ebooks. I have kept some on my computer and refer to them once in a while. There is one particular ebook, The Perfect Site Guide, by Lisa Irby of 2CreateAWebsite that has been in my hard disk for many years now.

In How to drive traffic to your web site (blog) using free ebooks, I talk about creating an opportunity for more people to spread your ebook, click the links in it, get back to your site and opt in to your email list.

So, what do you do?

Before you think about getting more traffic, you’ll have to create an ebook and promote it. But once that ebook gets spread across the web, your links (work) will be spread in so many places.

You can even use the ebook to turn people who stumble upon your PDF file to become loyal readers of your blog or loyal customers. So get down to business. Write that ebook. I am writing mine at the moment (a different one from the one currently available to my email subscribers). So, keep coming back to Niabusiness.com because it will be ready for download soon.

  • Offer free podcasts. Let people find you through iTunes. Did you hear the results Glen Allsopps of ViperChill got when he started his podcast? It was amazing.

Many people who had never heard of his site before, found his site via iTunes. That means more subscribers, growth…and who doesn’t want that? And yes, the first two shows can give you something to keep you going if you are working hard to build a profitable business.

His marketing podcasts can be found here. Download them to listen to him share his experiences and learn something.

‘But Glen’s site was already getting lots of targeted traffic when he started podcasting!’ you may say.

Yeah. That’s ok. Different people do things differently. Just do your best to spread your eggs on different parts of the web. It is going to take some time but if you stick to the plan, more traffic sources will be available to you,

Create a podcast. Teach people. And ask them to help you spread the word.

You might also want to check a technophobe’s no tears guide to podcasting.

  • Publish a physical book. I know many people are moving away from traditional books to ebooks. If you love print on demand or land a publishing deal, placing your domain name on the book cover and inside the book can help you get new people checking out your site.

Some may then turn into regular visitors.

However, just adding your blog’s address to your book won’t help much. The book must be gripping, entertaining and all that, and the topics on your site should be related to the ones in the book.

So, bring the reader close to you before you even think about them typing your site’s domain name in their web browser’s address bar.

Go out there and be creative. Use Facebook, Twitter, Compete.com, Pinterest, Vimeo, WordPress, Bing, Quantcast, Clicky, Amazon etc in a way that’s never been done before. And don’t be comfortable only with the tools you are currently using. Keep learning about new tools, then use them to grow your website or blog.

Now, what do you say to the following questions:

  • Which tools do you use to improve your blog and online business that are not owned by Google and how do you use them?
  • Why do you fear Google and what do you do to keep your worst fears at bay?

Now, this will get you to spend less time watching television

The moment one realizes they are watching way too much television is a crucial one (one where a person decides if they are going to start to watch less TV or not).

It is a time when one realizes that they can keep doing what they have always done or scale back on the time they spend glued to their TV screens.

Or, as some do, quit watching TV altogether – and remove the set from their house.

Why watch little to no television – or at least make the effort to do so starting today?

Different people have different reasons, boredom being one of them.How to watch less TV - Now, this will get you to spend less time watching television

After watching a lot of TV, some things start to look similar – same story line in this movie and that, that scandal and this, the new song, the new show – always an endless pit of entertainment.

All similar. If not, almost.

At times you find yourself watching one movie a dozen times, find yourself spending between an hour to three glued to the screen when you know you could use the time to do other things – better things that lead to peace, contentment, grand accomplishment, stronger relationships…better sleep.

TV is good at chewing time, spitting nothing of such value back to you when you switch it off – in most cases.

And may be that’s why people watch a lot of it – quick entertainment.

Sitting down for awhile enjoying oneself… having a little fun staring without the characters in the box getting uneasy because you stare too much.

I don’t know how much TV you watch every single week. But if for a moment you think you are spending more time than you should staring at your TV screen(s), it is time for some simple math – the kind that can motivate you to scale back.

This is what happens when you watch two hours of TV (series, movies etc) per day

Say, you spend on average two hours everyday watching TV. That comes to 14 hours a week.

A week has only 168 hours.

Subtract the hours you spend having a good night sleep then see what you are left with when you subtract the fourteen from the remainder.

Is it worth it?

I mean, be honest – it is just me and you here!

Well, some say they can deal with that. 14 hours or less – that’s not a big deal!

Watching more than two hours of television a day

But what happens when the two hour a day activity becomes a three, four or a five hour activity?

More entertainment and less time to pursue your goals.

Less sleep.

Missed deadlines.

Anxiety.

This doesn’t bother so many people, but what about you?

Having a six day week when others get to enjoy all seven days

Does it bother you that it is easy to lose a day every week just watching three and a half hours of TV everyday?

Do you think there’s something better you can do with that time, not all of it, but say, half of that?

To lose half a day instead of an entire twenty four hours every week?

There’s always something better you can do with your time, if you decide to.

This post (and the TV section of Niabusiness.com) is for people who want to scale back on the time they spend glued to their TVs.

Realizing that it is easy for a person to increase the amount of time they watch TV than it is to scale back, Niabusiness.com provides you with content you can use to win back more of your time – especially if you believe, now, that you can’t do without your set.

Some people think that TV is too good to be separated from.

Then they start feeling better about themselves once they start watching less and less TV, spending the newfound time reading, learning a new skill, freelancing, writing a blog or a book, being there for others, indulging more in a hobby that exercises their body, keeping them fit.

That could be you.

A new you.

A better you.

Is TV that bad…such a waste of time…such a killer of dreams?

TV is good and it has its place.

Time is also good, and where it goes, should be a big deal to you and me.

For when too much of it is sunk in TV, the urge to spend even more becomes greater.

When we bow to the urge, we begin watching television like doing that is some kind of job that comes with a big salary and benefits at the end of every month.

That, sadly, isn’t the case for the majority of people spending a lot of time everyday watching TV.

You know it, and I know it.

So, if you want tips on scaling back; tips on what to do with your time apart from blowing it away watching television, you have come to the right place.

Subscribe via email here to get tips sent to you and see how you like it when you scale back your TV time.

Share your experiences (battling the addiction that is TV) and journey (spending more of your time away from your set) below.

Share how you deal with the urge to watch even more TV every time a show or a movie ends…and you hear the words NEXT UP is…

Share how you have scaled back or stopped watching TV altogether.

And don’t forget to read more on this topic by checking more blog posts in the TV category here.

3 things you can start doing today to make money online

Well there aren’t that many blogs about how to make money online, but a ton of posts have been written on the topic.

There are more posts telling you how to do it compared to the number of posts on the stories of people who read, took action and made their first dollar, thousand, ten thousand online.

So what do you do, you who want to earn an income from the effort you put online? Let’s look at a few questions that you may have asked yourself, attempt to answer them and give you something that can help you create a map that will ensure:

  • You put more than enough effort on a clear plan that’s likely to bring home some income
  • You avoid the numerous mistakes that mar the attempts of newbies and those in the intermediate levels
  • You sow more than you reap

The questions

Why are there are many blog posts telling (and showing) people how to earn an income working online?

Because it is possible to earn an income online by selling your own products, charging for your services or getting a commission when you recommend a product or service created by someone else.

People do actually make money online, and it seems, more people want to do the same.

If somebody can do it, you can as well. You can create something useful and make an income when someone is convinced of its usefulness that they willingly exchange their hard earned money for your creation.

These are just some of the reasons why you see lots of posts around this topic.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t other reasons why stuff like this gets published a lot. So I won’t talk about those other reasons.

Train your eyes to look for the real opportunities, for the gems hidden under mountains of rubble and then use that information to create something useful for the many people out there, at least if making money online is something you are really  keen on.

Do you start a blog? How do you start a blog and make money online from it?

Someone told you this is the fastest way to build a foundation that can ensure a future of more shillings, pounds and dollars? Oh, they didn’t tell you everything.

I have found that when you start a blog while thinking much about how you want to make lots of cash, your brain wanders a lot.

The result? Staying focused on what is actually beneficial to you and whoever you want to come to your blog becomes a big problem.

Of course, there are people who finally regain their focus and build blogs that make money. Again remember that there are lots of misconceptions about the things that you must do to your blog before it starts earning you an income.

What you think makes a blog a big money earner may actually be pure noise entering through your ears and making you think that you are the only person in the world who doesn’t know how to start a great blog.

So? Start a blog if you want to – or better get this ebook from Niabusiness.com shop before you start one. Don’t focus on the money bit so much that you forget to do work that actually counts at the end of the day.

Do you join numerous affiliate programs in the hope of making money online – and how do you do it?

Oh, the lure of affiliate programs and how so many people confuse plastering their affiliate links on blog posts as an easy way to make money online.

It often looks like a great way to generate some quick cash without spending so much energy creating products of your own, knowing that it may or may not earn you as much as the commissions you think you are going to get every 30 or 60 days.

Actually becoming an affiliate is good, when you focus so much on the product and reaching the people who can actually benefit from it.

Take yourself away from the equation. Dial down the self-interest in you.

Think more about the people you are recommending products and services to than the commissions you are hoping to receive every 30 days.

This approach may not make you money quickly as you hoped, but it is one approach that guarantees long-term success to you, the affiliate.

The money the affiliate makes doesn’t only depend on the number of products he or she recommends but also on the honesty when dealing with himself and the people to whom he recommends the products.

How much patience do you need and how long should you persist to make money online?

More than you can give at the moment.

Actually, you can create a new site, promote some random product on it and make a killing in 30 days or less.

That’s what many people are hoping for when they read articles on earning an income online.

It looks easy when you read them, but feels so hard when you are actually implementing what you have read.

That’s because, sometimes, these things need more time than you are willing to give them.

Don’t let months of no money lead you to take some action that suddenly derails the little tracks of success you had already firmly planted on the ground.

Build tracks that’ll enable your wagons to reach your planned destination. Then go past it. Cover more miles.

Also remember that patience isn’t the waiting for something great to happen by withholding meaningful action (not taking action that leads to achievement of the goals so dear to you).

It is the constant repetition of meaningful action that eventually pulls the great day closer, faster than the estimated dates you have penned down on some paper.

Do you just make money freelancing? How do you become a freelancer and make money online?

Well, you can start earning doing freelance work. Don’t think that it is the only way to make money online, that soon you are so much into it you forget about a big dream you cherish so much.

Freelancing is good, but only if you give your best. If you can’t do this, stay away from freelancing.

This is one of the few unwritten rules you should pay close attention to when you want to earn an income doing freelance work.

Can people buy your info products? Should you create and sell ebooks, books and online courses to make money online?

They have the money, and given the fact that they are searching for answers you can provide, you stand a chance of getting paid for your knowledge.

We’ve all heard stories about how some prefer foreign made products. This shouldn’t be a reason to stop you from writing that great how to ebook and putting it out there in the market.

Go ahead write it. You never know, people might actually pay you more than you imagined. But you won’t know until you try.

Go and implement what you have read already. Do things better by taking more focused action and being a little bit more patient.

Read more articles on the topic here.

Want to make fast money on the internet? Here are 5 quick things to remember

I want to break your heart for just one minute and then tell you what you really need to make quick, fast money on the internet, even if you have not thought about starting a business before.

I hope you are strong enough to endure the heartbreak and give us a chance to start from zero again, this time with a brain prepared to learn, work hard, be patient and enjoy a journey that leads you to what you want in the first place, albeit without taking risky shortcuts that end up getting you what you didn’t want, like: time wasted, money lost, frustration, burn out…or any other thing along this line.

Some readers key in phrases like the ones mentioned below on Google before arriving on Niabusiness.com:

You get the idea? They want it real bad, real fast. I mean most of us do but not everyone stops to say, ‘Ahem! Now that I want some quick money or a business that generates profits like a printer that spits out money all day long, what do I need to do, to learn, to buy, to give before I get what I want – fast money?’

What fuels this is the numerous stories online of people striking it rich.

You hear stories of people who just came up with this idea, threw up a website online, made that their business and earned thousands upon thousands of dollars selling their products or services.

Doesn’t the sound of that, also want to make you jump online and be one of those lucky people who print money while sleeping? It is juicy. Real juicy.

But as I mention in the ebook, How to Start a Successful Blog, there’s always more to those stories.

The parts of the journey that stink like a pigsty.

Periods when things went haywire…when nothing seemed to work…when the shovel broke and reaching the gold seemed an impossible feat…when the dumb idea that now mints its owner thousands seemed dumber…when people laughed and wondered why they were not doing stuff normal people or people their age did…when there was this fear that was so apparent to them that they made a decision to fight with little, to no support, from those around them.

Not so many people take the time to listen to all this. It’s not juicy. It doesn’t inspire nods, smiles and dimples.

And sometimes, this is what those looking for quick and fast money online or offline just don’t want to waste their precious little time on. Just focus on the now, the success, and everything will be alrighty, they think to themselves.

And that is disaster. Like chasing your own tail. Which you can see and almost reach – but never reach.

Today, you get no tactics or tips or strategies or some top secrets on doing this stuff from me.

Today I break your heart by walking with you back to the stinking hole that every person who wants to make money online has to climb. When I am done breaking your heart, your head will be out of the hole and suddenly things will be clear.

You’ll embrace the pains and joys of this journey more than your zeal to just reach the finish line and stand there all happy and stuff (when you start raking it in) while all these people who don’t even know your last name shower you with praise – and come to you for advice, small loans or joint ventures.

1. There is quick money to be made online if you are willing to work hard to make it

Even while I am trying to break your heart (have I succeeded yet?) I’ll be the first person to tell you that there is quick money to be made.

You just don’t have to be quick or fast to make it quick? No, you have to. And not in the way you think. It means, you have to learn the basics, the boring stuff people just skim though, the hard things that take lots of hours to learn really well.

That is what defines fast when it comes to the game of money – investing in your knowledge. Not just racing the other drivers to see who maintains the top speed and reaches a certain destination.

2. You must be willing to give something valuable – a product for customers to buy, support or impeccable online service

Taking can be more fun than giving. But when you start giving, you’ll quickly realize that it is more fun than taking.

And you’ll start seeing these dollar signs lining up, marching into your pocket and wonder where they were all this time.

Come up with a service or a product, sell it or go the freemium route.

Even if you are going to promote what others have created as an affiliate, bonuses can do wonders for your conversions.

Again, you don’t have to do this, but you stand a greater chance of making more, fast, when you give more, even faster.

3. Forget scamming people – give them what you promise to give them

This is not a dash– to your benefit only. Yes, you want this real bad. You want to see things working for you. You are tired of waiting.

You just have your pockets wide open facing the heavens and praying for it to be filled – and even God has heard your prayer.

But you decrease your chances of making whatever amount you want to make every day, week, month, quarter or year if you take advantage of people because of their ignorance or something like that.

When they find out what you do, or did, to quickly get them to open their wallets and realize they were screwed, pray that they won’t slam the gate shut right in your face and leave your nose red and bleeding.

Don’t lock out yourself out of this game. Play for the long term – for their benefit and yours.

When you smile looking at all these dollar signs, let them also smile knowing they got something valuable from a person who puts his honour before the money.

4. Forget about making the money immediately – in most cases it takes awhile (a few months) to start making a substantial amount of money online

If there are skills to be learned, start from there.

If you are starting a blog you plan to monetize, have strong reasons for why you are blogging.

While everyone is trying to climb from the top (is that even possible? May  be), climb from the bottom.

Research.

Listen to stories, especially the boring parts that led to someone’s success.

If you want to sell your own information products, open a membership site, create your own software, learn, from different stories, how they got the word out and got the people to buy and promote their products even without them asking.

Take a pen and paper and list down the skills you need to learn, then start investing in your education.

You can outsource a whole lot, but there are tons of posts, courses, ebooks, videos and podcasts you can access for free or pay for.

Educate yourself, however tedious or boring you may find this ‘self-taught’ thing.

5. Do something – take action to make money online

You must be having an idea you want to build your foundation on, before you jump online to explore different ways to make money, right?

Like, I want to write an ebook for those interested in having a small garden where they can grow vegetables or create an app that helps people evaluate their website’s worth…

Even if you have a million business ideas, you have to choose which one to start with.

Then get working, every dingle day, giving this thing of yours the attention it deserves (which is usually proportional to how bad you want to see your idea helping people achieve results).

Think about these five before you even rush to get step by step guides on building niche sites, increasing your blog traffic by over 500% or getting the funky plugin that will turn you into a miracle-maker.

That’s real talk, for those interested in creating things people love, things they find useful and are willing to pay for.

For this is one of the  best ways to make quick and fast money, not just once, but several times over the coming weeks, months and years online or offline.

Time to start the healing process now…can’t break your heart further.

Your thoughts on this?

What to do when make money online articles almost split your brain

I look at life sometimes and wonder what effects the make money online articles have on people.

I have often wondered what takes place in the mind of persons who find themselves consuming article after article on how to make money online in US, UK, Kenya, Australia, Canada or any other country.

One thing I realized is that if you don’t have enough, the ‘make money online’ talk can make you loose your sanity.

It only takes a few months to find yourself on the brink of self-destruction.

It takes a few weeks for bloggers and other entrepreneurs to feel like what Marcus Sheridan describes in his blog on top blogger lists.

Sometimes these articles just bring some people bad luck.

They do nothing but spoil the chances of one becoming successful online.

Oftentimes they cage one’s happiness and the next two things that I am about to discuss here should be considered carefully.

  1. When you find yourself going after the wrong things and losing direction, you can decide to turn things around.
  2. When you find yourself aimlessly implementing things that suck all your energy, you can decide to do more of the same in the hope that things will work just fine. (I hope you will, in most cases, decide to stick with #1).

I have read my share of ‘fill your bank with damn beauties doing what you are passionate about’ posts.

They are good.

They can easily motivate a being that’s almost losing hope of ever realizing their dream of becoming financially secure.

They can make a person start using their gifts to benefit others.

They can also make a person do their fair share of ‘add value to the lives of others’.

However, when reading such articles, your mind can easily turn into a double-edged sword.

You can destroy yourself.

You can end up destroying others.

How can you harm others?

In the vain attempt to help others, self-interest can become your number one priority even without you realizing it.

I know that you have to be in good shape to serve others well, but sometimes you can end up pushing in more junk down your throat on a daily basis without ever thinking of taking some time to exercise.

You know what that does to your body, right?

In an attempt to make a million bucks, you can find yourself voluntarily giving bad advice to get your bank account filled quick with dollars, Kenyan Shillings or any other currency you use.

You may find yourself deviating from your earlier promises.

You can find yourself forcing innocent people to shed tears just because you have to make two bucks every minute.

You can also devise ways to stop others from taking away a chunk of your market share.

You can find yourself calling bright ideas trash because you feel threatened.

You can find yourself treating people badly: blaming them when they have done nothing wrong, putting them on a diet of constant lies (hiding the truth), not giving credit where it’s due and intimidating others.

How can you harm yourself?

Well, you can stick to what you know on how to make money online. If it doesn’t work for you and you lose big (especially when you compare your results with those of other successful internet entrepreneurs), you can decide not to make any more attempts at learning and implementing that which you learn.

You can also start feeling that no one understands you and therefore deny other people access to you and all the love and knowledge in your heart and brain.

You can also decide to read more and more articles but do nothing, you know, getting obsessed with the success of other people and failing to allocate enough time to make yourself successful, too – and sharing your story to inspire others.

What should you do whenever you read make money online articles or blog posts

Appreciate the fact that someone worked so hard to achieve the success you are reading about

You could find yourself wondering how someone ended up making so much in just one day, one week, one month or one year.

You could then try to copy paste the strategies they used and wonder why things aren’t working fine for you.

What I do believe in is that even the overnight successes you have read about several times took years to realize.

What am I talking about?

If you hear the stories from the mouths of people you consider successful, you’ll hear them mentioning things like

  • I realized that…
  • It took me quite some time to…
  • My friends/parents/siblings/people thought I was just destined to…but I believed…
  • I asked God to…
  • I found people who were ready to help me do…
  • Sometimes I felt like…
  • I knew I had to…
  • I didn’t realize that…
  • I learnt how to…

See all the elements (like determination, support, doubt, patience, feelings of rejection, belief in God) that are portrayed by some of the overnight stories that start like this?

Your experiences as an internet entrepreneur doesn’t have to be the same as someone else’s

Just because Brian Clark built Copyblogger doesn’t mean you also have to do the same things he did.

If he used blue biros to write some of his most popular articles, it doesn’t mean you should do the same.

You can dictate or use a pencil.

A few stones that you’ll need to become successful are already in your brain and just because they look different from what you have heard or read out there doesn’t mean that you have to smash them to pieces.

If you don’t like how they are shaped, do something about the shapes.

Make them look just the way you want them to be.

See what you can pick from the make money online articles you have read so far and don’t treat your brain like it doesn’t have gems of its own.

You have to find them even if that means doing the boring stuff of asking yourself hard questions and giving honest answers. Examples include:

  • What thoughts does this make money strategy/success story/research/article evoke in me?
  • What are my current/ future make money strategies?
  • How do I want my make money success story to be like?
  • What am I going to do now/next?

Thank God you learnt a lesson and get back to your make money strategy

Don’t get obsessed with reading the bits that make your eyes glow.

Create something that will also make people’s eyes glow.

And remember never to forget that it is not always about money.

Think about how much value you can offer.

That value will get you way more money than you ever thought possible.

Give away part of that money to deliver even more value.

This doesn’t mean that you should work your way to making losses or bankruptcy.

You can reinvest the money you make back into your business to reach and help more people – growing your online business in the process.

What do you think? Got any experiences you want to share?

8 reasons many bloggers and businesses never start a list – to get email subscribers – right when they launch their blogs or websites

The one regret you hear a lot from effective bloggers who didn’t start building their email lists early is:

‘I should have started getting email subscribers early’.

It is more like advice to new bloggers than a regret, but you get the point.

But then this thing still continues. New blogs continue sprouting left and right without parts (at end or middle of posts, sidebars) dedicated in their design to allow visitors to sign up via email.

Well there are many reasons why this happens. We’ll take a look at them and then see various options that you can consider if you want to take your site to the next level.

Why aren’t site owners allowing their readers to subscribe via email

1. Overwhelm

It takes a lot of hard work to bring a new site online. There is time spent figuring out what the site will be about, doing keyword research and even more time dedicated to coming up with a great domain name, creating content, choosing a host, plugins and themes.

And that’s not all. One can get lost in people’s comment sections, in their bid to reach out to others and get others to come read their stuff.

By the time they remember to start getting email addresses from people who see the value in what they do, a few weeks may have gone by, and so may be the few people who could have signed up to their list.

Even if it was just one person, that matters – a lot.

2. Some people don’t want to go with free mailing list service providers like MailChimp, even when they still don’t have money to pay for say Aweber

If your reason for not doing email marketing is simply because, ‘I am waiting till I have money to go with Aweber (or any other email marketing software / service popular with the most successful marketers – like GetResponse (which I use for some of my email lists) or ConvertKit)’, I’ll tell you one thing: Why not give the other services a chance instead of doing nothing?

This problem is further compounded by the fact that there are many stories online of people who used some of the ‘free’ services I have mentioned. And what did they get? Pissed off! And they wrote a post, detailing every bit of their frustration, then fled – moved to another provider.

Don’t let this stop you. After all, not everybody who uses the ‘free’ services gets pissed off. Some are happy, even paying customers now.

You should also look at the dates of some of the posts that may discourage you from say trying MailChimp. Some of them were written several months or years ago. I believe the team working hard to make MailChimp awesome has done some great things during that duration to do away with some of the things that got some of their raving fans flying.

3. Some people ‘don’t’ have an awesome freebie to give away (to subscribers who opt into their email lists) just yet

This one is a major reason why you’ll visit a new and awesome blog and wonder why the owner is not asking you for your name and email address.

The thinking goes like this: if some of the best and more awesome blogs in my niche are offering numerous freebies to get emails from their visitors, who am I to start a new blog with less than fifteen posts and expect people to blast their way into my email list?

There may be some merit to that thinking. But you are not those other blogs. Plus you are new. And there are many people who sign up to various blogs not because of the freebies, but to get to learn more from the blogger through the emails they send, and start a conversation just by hitting the ‘Reply’ button at the end of the emails they receive.

Guess what. There are some bloggers, I thought were super busy and couldn’t reply to my emails (sent via contact form on their site) or comments, but they do at least make an effort to talk with their subscribers. You shoot an email, and they actually send you a reply. And there are many readers like that, not worried about freebies. They just love putting their opinions or thoughts out there and seeing what that attracts.

4. Some people haven’t prepared email autoresponder sequences to send after a visitor to their site signs up via email

When a site is new and there is so much to do, some may skip the email marketing part, because there are posts to be written. But every effective blogger needs well thought out autoresponders to send out to their subscribers.

That is more work. To some.

And it usually gets pushed back somewhere where it can easily be forgotten because most new sites attract little traffic – and getting more sometimes takes all the energy (or attention) in the new blogger that they get to keep postponing writing the emails to be sent out once people start signing up.

Sometimes this happens simply because of trying to do several things at the same time, that some crucial steps gets pushed further into the future, especially if procrastination is also a big issue.

5. Some people think the blog or website traffic they get is still too little to warrant adding email opt in forms

This shouldn’t stop you from allowing people to subscribe to receive your email updates. Every visit to your site is an opportunity to get someone to join your list.

If that’s the way they believe they can get the most help from you, give them a chance to give you their name and email address.

One person in your list, could also share your emails with their friends. They could help you get more people to your site and email list just by sharing your emails.

6. Some blog and website owners don’t know how valuable email subscribers can be

Most of the times when you hear people talk about email marketing, there is a high probability you’ll hear this:

‘The money is in the list’.

What does this do? It encourages some to get things in order early and get as many people as possible in their list. It also discourages others and makes it easier for them to push things in the future. When they hear, ‘the money is in the list’ thing, they may think to themselves: ‘But I am not after money just yet, so no harm.’ Or ‘I have other ways to make money. I’ll look into starting my list next month.’

If only they knew that there are a ton of reasons why one should allow people to subscribe via email and actually have a mission for their emails, just like we have missions for blogs, they wouldn’t hesitate allowing email subscriptions on their sites from launch day.

7. Some people haven’t taken the time to learn more about making the various autoresponder software work for them

Are words like email autoresponders, campaigns scaring you? Are you just afraid of integrating your service with your blog and ensuring everything works ok?

You are not alone.

You can either do your own research to see how to make things work the way you want them to, you can pay someone to help you and you can also get guidance by paying for an online course.

But don’t let the words or the many hoops stop you. Help is all around you.

8. Some just do it with their feed manager or by using subscribe function in plugins like Jetpack

Do you just collect email addresses with a plugin like Jetpack or via a service like Feedblitz? Well, some are ok with this. Are you? Or are you doing it because you think the other alternatives are complicated and will cause you a lot of frustration, and waste the little time you have?

Think about the pros and cons of the various alternatives and then settle on what you think is best for now and the future. And its better if you choose something that gives you more control over the emails you are given.

What are you going to do?

I hope you are going to give what we’ve discussed in this post serious thought and then give email marketing more attention.

Start with what you have. No money for the autoresponder software you love the most – like GetResponse, AWeber or ConvertKit?

Start with the ones within your reach. MailChimp. MadMimi.

Baby steps.

Got little traffic?

This shouldn’t stop you, even if you are still getting less than five people to your site every single day.

No freebie yet?

Who said you must give something to entice people to subscribe to your email list especially when you are just starting out? Get the emails as you work on your freebie. Or work on the freebie before you launch your site. You can also get the numerous freebies created by others and give them away on your site.

Yea, there are many people who have created great products they give away for free. And the good thing is they also allow others to host the products on their sites and give them away for free, as long as they don’t make any changes to the products. A best place to start checking is the various sites in your niche.

Feeling overwhelmed?

Why not take just a few days and dedicate it to only making the email subscription part of your blogging strategy work. Write a few posts and schedule them during the days you’ll be working on this, so you don’t have a voice telling you to stop what you are doing and update your site with new content.

You have a story related to this, I know. If you’d like to share it, do so in the comments section below.

Are you a blogger or business owner that needs help with a WordPress blog or website? Hire Niabusiness.com

Welcome to Niabusiness.com. In this page you’ll find the help you need with your WordPress blog or website.Are you a blogger or business owner that needs help with a WordPress blog or website? Hire Niabusiness.com

So, let’s start with a couple questions to make sure I zero in on that one thing (or two, or three, or four, or five…) you need fixed.

Are you looking for someone offering premium WordPress services you can rely on to start a new WordPress blog or website?

Someone who knows what they are doing and can help with, among other things, domain name registration, web hosting, WordPress script installation, plugin and theme installation and configuration, fixing errors that pop on your WordPress admin area – dashboard – or the main site – front end?

Say, you want to start a new site, but don’t know where to begin or simply don’t have the time to learn all the things it takes to:

  • put a site together the right way
  • improve it – making it better for you and the people who visit it

Work with me in return for getting all this done for you, quickly and in the right way.

One of the reasons you are reading this could be because you are looking for help with some aspect of:

I can help you with the following:

  1. Installing WordPress – You can hire me to install the script, add plugins (to add new functionality to your site) and themes of your choice or the ones you need to power your blog (I can recommend some if you want).
  2. Starting  an online shop using WP and ecommerce plugins like Woocommerce or Easy Digital Downloads to sell physical products (that you have created yourself, items you are reselling or drop-shipping), digital downloads like music, ebooks, courses.
  3. Integrating WordPress with third party applications
  4. Adding email opt in boxes and configuring them to automatically make your freebies (for example the downloads you give only to your email subscribers) accessible once a subscriber confirms their email address.
  5. Taking charge of your WordPress blog and maintaining it, so that you have more time to create new content, products, services and reach out, using different ways to drive back to your site, the kind of traffic you want.
  6. Fixing errors that deter your site from functioning the way it should. I can help you find and remove what’s causing the problems. Example: eliminating 404 errors that you even, may be, forgot doesn’t sit well with some of the people who come to your site. You may also hire me to make the changes you want if you don’t want to mess up your own site unknowingly.
  7. Optimizing your site in different ways. For example doing on page optimization, making changes to your blog post titles and more, making it easier for visitors to find what they are looking for when they arrive on the site.
  8. Buying a domain name and providing WordPress hosting for your new site or an existing site you are thinking of moving from your current web hosting company to Niabusiness Hosting.

I can help you with the above.

Didn’t see a WP service you were looking for?

If you need help with something that’s not listed above, get in touch with me to see:

  • how I can help
  • who else I recommend for the kind of tinkering you need.

Why would you want to hire someone to work on your WordPress site?

Well, there are many reasons, chief among them being able to use your time doing other things instead of spending hours and hours searching for a solution and ending up more frustrated – not that there’s anything wrong with wanting to do it all yourself.

But the time you save, while I work on your site, that could be family time, more time bringing in more customers through the door, more time to write that blog post and finish that book, more time focusing on how to give more of what people come to you for: your products, your services, your ideas, your message, clarity in explaining concepts etc.

Is it affordable to hire someone, in this case Niabusiness.com, to help you with your WordPress site?

You’ll know the answer to this question once you receive your invoice in your inbox.

How do you get started with Niabusiness.com WordPress service?

Click here to check my rates and select an option.

NOTE: If you have any other question related to the services above or the specific issue you need help with, you can use the contact form link in the services page to bring it to my attention.

Why content marketing is not working for you

In this post you will learn why content marketing is not working for you – if at all you have been trying to use content, more strategically, to achieve various goals that would otherwise be costly and not worth your time (say if you were only to use expensive media to get people to pay attention to you).Why content marketing is not working for you

Depending on the position you are in now, you may be frustrated by the results you are getting for your efforts in using different types of content formats in your marketing strategy.

Or you may be pleased by the success you are getting already and only looking for ways to keep the results trending upwards and to the right.

So here are a few things that may be slowing you down.

Content marketing does not only mean writing and publishing blog posts

It would be easy to assume that when someone talks about content marketing they mean writing and publishing lots of articles on a blog to get leads.

It can be easy to assume that it is all about writing short blog posts or long-form content that promote various products and services you are selling. writing blog posts – one after another – consistently – hoping to reach some of the ranges mentioned in business to business (B2B) and business to consumers (B2C) reports like the ones distributed by HubSpot and referred to by several bloggers, sales people, freelance writers and internet marketers promoting business blogging.

Content marketing, to me, is using content in any format or medium profitably.

Profitably, here, does not necessarily point to monetary rewards.

It simply means using content in the best possible way to bring about the achievement of a goal. Which can be anything: sales, sharing, brand exposure, leads, email subscribers, more social and organic search traffic or increased authority in your niche.

For any of the aims, you can use text, ebooks on various platforms, PDF downloads, apps, images, photos, graphics, emails, audio podcasts, videos both online and offline – so long as what you do with the content is geared toward realizing the achievement of a goal you have in mind.

You are not promoting your content well

One reason I often look beyond page one of Google when searching for something online is because of the many great blog posts published by bloggers, businesses and leaders – great blog posts that sometimes rank way beyond page two of the search results pages.

But remember this, most people don’t look beyond page one when searching for something on the internet. At least, not in most cases.

We all cannot rank number one for the keywords, niches, locations or topics we have in mind but we can do more to ensure the content we create get into page one, starting at the tenth spot, and then moving up and up until we rank number one for a term – or close.

But then again, some do get a lot of traffic (for example, traffic from social media) without ranking at the top of the search engines.

The main point I want to bring to your attention is that your content can do better with a little more promotion.

Think one hour here one hour there spent on email outreach – that end up earning you links from domains and pages with great authority.

Or the kind of promotion on social media that gets you the attention of an influencer in your niche – that then leads to more good things like a mention and links – or even an opportunity to guest post or be interviewed on a bigger blog, podcast or YouTube channel.

Look at all your attempts at content promotion and do more of what has already proven to be working for you while you dedicate some time, on the side, to learn more ways you can use to get more of your content in front of the people you want to see it.

If you try to promote your content on every platform or channel – all at once – frustration can easily kick in. To not be overwhelmed, pick one or two methods of promotion and start using those. Expand more, later, when it becomes necessary.

You are not using paid advertising to ensure more people see your content – and take action

Publishing content and getting the people you have in mind (readers, prospects or customers) to see it without spending money (may be only the cost of hiring a freelance writer) is the dream of most content marketers and businesses.

And some focus exclusively on doing that – swearing to never spend any money on content besides money they put aside to hire a salaried writer to their staff or money they use to outsource their writing needs to a freelance or writer or virtual assistant.

However, for your case, I encourage you to consider spending a little more money (start your tests with a few hundred dollars to see what works for you) for example on Facebook ads to quickly get more people to see your content, read it, watch it, listen to it, share it and take the kind of action you want them to take (make sure you add Facebook Pixels code to your website when you do this).

You can easily get the initial traffic, shares, buyers and action takers by publishing your content and then using Facebook advertising to promote it – using clicks to website in your campaign – to get people to the exact URL, on your site, where the content you want them to see resides.

Don’t be scared of spending more. Spend more, for bigger rewards.

Your aim is to consider great ways to increase your reach with every piece of content you create.

That means using paid advertising to get more people to see your content is something worth considering.

If it is profitable to do so, do it.

You don’t have a strong reason why you are doing what you are doing as a content marketer

You must have a plan, a process, and a strong reason for what you are doing. Know why you are doing what you are doing when it comes to creating and publishing content.

And for every piece, a strong call to action that gets people who see your content to see that reason, process or plan and still want to be involved in what you have to offer, what you have to say.

Having a strong reason weeds out those for whom your offer doesn’t feature in their list of wants and needs. And leaves you room to engage more with those interested in your message, your offer.

Make your reason clear enough that the reason in itself pulls in the kind of audience you have in mind.

Make sure your content is ready to be found when the people you have in mind are searching it – for answers to questions you address in your message, your offer.

Every time your company creates content, let your mission shine in your piece, without explicitly telling people what your mission is in the way some companies do using generic words in their about us pages on their blogs and websites.

Show them. Through stories, anecdotes, analogies, stats, testimonials, essays, news commentaries, case studies, and reports, let them see it.

You are not focusing more on what is already working for you in your marketing efforts

Sometimes the best way to get more out of content marketing is to focus on what is already working for you.

Look at some of the posts you have published on your blog or contributed to other sites that have done well.

Go through them again to see why they resonated well with so many.

Check your referrers.

Check the search terms people use to find your site.

Find the post titles people click more. Find your most shared content.

Look at your content that attracts the most comments.

Then do more of what is already working.

Write new articles (or create videos, audio, graphics, books, presentations or downloads) that address the questions you receive via email or via your comments on your blog.

Create more content targeting the short tail and long tail keywords that pop up in the search terms area of your analytics tool.

Interview some of your website visitors. Write testimonials and case studies around the stories involving your readers and clients.

And the more you publish new content, keep looking at what is working for you, making necessary changes as you go along.

There is way too much content out there and you haven’t found a way to hold people’s attention

There is a lot of content being produced every day.

More individuals, small businesses and even big companies are taking advantage of content marketing.

Publishing lots of blog posts on a daily basis.

They all want to benefit from content – and depend less on expensive advertising for brand exposure and sales.

More and more people are after the same people you are after. More and more people want to rank for the same things you want to rank for.

That means a lot of competition around the world, in your country or your local area (in your neighborhood, city, town or village).

Instead of this inspiring a crippling fear in you, take it as motivation to keep creating and offering your best content to others.

That is one way of standing out.

Of course, you will then have to apply some of the tips I’ve discussed above: phone & email outreach, cheap advertising on Facebook, doing more of what is already working for you, writing interesting stories based on the lives of others.

Acting on the feedback you get, as you pour out more content, will help you find more about what people want – what they pay attention to.

Act on the feedback you receive.

Use it to inspire new content.

Use it to refine content you have already published.

Use it to do more of what helps you hold the attention of the people you are interested in involving in what you do.

When you do all this, you will soon realize that content marketing works great for you. You’ll get better at it – and your efforts will pay in heaps – for both you and the people who consume what you create.

Want to do freelance work to get capital to start a business? Ask yourself these questions

Capital, capital, capital, it is one of those things that can keep you wondering how to actually start a business in Kenya in the shape and form similar to the picture you’ve been playing and replaying in your mind lately.

If only you had a certain amount of money you could pick and use to start, life would be really great. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.

Sometimes the money you think you need is ten to twenty times what you make on a monthly basis.

Does that mean you only have to see your business inside your head and not in front of your eyes? It depends…on what you really want and what you do thereafter – which hopefully should be in alignment with what you really want – which is to start a business.

In this article, we are going to look at how you can make more money with your skills. This money of course is going to be part of your capital. You have a business to start, so that’s where I want your focus to be.

1. How much do I need to make as a freelancer?

This is the first question you have to give serious thought. It isn’t the only question you should focus on at this point.

There are many more related to it. For this article, we are only going to focus on this question – and this one: How much would it cost to start a business (like the one) I want?

The second question encourages you to do research, to learn a little bit about the industry you want to be a part of, to listen to the stories of people who have been where you want to be.

In other words, it doesn’t allow you to rely only on your judgment to determine how much money you are going to need to start.

When you do your research, brace yourself for surprises because sometimes you might realize that your estimates were either too high or too low.

2. How do I know my skills, before I get started as a freelancer online?

Different people may have different definitions to the word skill. In this article, we’ll simply define skill as something you do very well.

Take a pen and paper and list down your skills.

See the ones you really do very well and the ones that you need more time to master and then settle on the ones you want to do for pay.

For example, someone who loves reading business books, writing, spotting factual and grammatical errors and correcting them can decide to become an editor and proofreader for the numerous small business websites, whitepapers, tutorials, ebooks and the millions of sales pages getting uploaded / published on the internet everyday.

This is work they can do both online and offline unlike some type of freelance work.

3. Can people pay for my skills?

The quick and short answer is yes.

If you do your best, then worry not about people thinking that the value of your skills is worth nothing.

Know your skill – and start reaching out to the people, organizations and companies you know / think are a good fit for what you want to do as a freelancer.

4. How much am I going to charge for my freelance services?

That depends on your skill, how well you do your work, the type of clients you meet, how much you get done and what you think your skills are worth.

Study your industry to learn more about the rates other freelancers with similar skills accept, and then come up with your own rates.

Your rates will help you determine how long it will take you before you reach your golden figure and start that new business.

5. How do I get freelance work that pay well?

There are tons of websites that connect freelancers with the people who need their services.

Clients come to the sites to choose who they want to work on their project.

Of course several freelancers with similar or better skills than you will always be bidding for the same work as you (not always the case) and it is the client’s discretion to choose whoever he or she wants to work with.

Then there are many agencies who recruit freelancers and give them a cut of what they get for the work that comes their way.

When they receive work, they send it to you, you work on it and they give you a fraction of the money they are paid.

A lot of these agencies have their ads on popular classified ad websites  and job boards as well.

These are all great ways to get work.

You can join and get work from Upwork.com, Fiverr, PeoplePerHour, Freelancer.com or even place ads under the services category of many classified ad sites like OLX Kenya, CraigsList or Gumtree.com.

Then there is my favourite: starting your own WordPress website to tell the world (the people who can benefit from what you have to offer) about your skills (what you can do for them).

In our example of the editor and proofreader above, you can create a site and write pages about what you do, answer questions your clients may have in in-depth blog posts, include your rates, a contact page, a hire me page and more.

Don’t be afraid to use a combination of all or any of these to get well paying gigs.

You can also introduce prospective clients to your services by writing them short emails about what you can do for them, and linking back to pages on your site (from inside the emails you send) where they can find additional information.

It’s called cold emailing.

6. What if the money I earn as a freelancer isn’t enough?

Use what you have saved to start. If it is not really really enough then borrow some money to make it enough.

Borrowing only takes two things: asking and a solemn promise to return the money on the agreed date.

Do everything you can to avoid any drama that may ruin the relationship between you and whoever loans you money.

4 responsibilities business owners owe to their customers

Sometimes business is not business, even when we insist it is.

After all, business is not just about sticking hands in someone’s purse or pocket and taking as much money as you can – in exchange for something.

It isn’t also about doing all manner of things to get a product or service for almost free by taunting the seller – to increase your margins even when you sell at low prices.

Money exchanging hands the moment the seller gives the consumer a valuable service or product should just be a fraction of what business owners should focus on when selling to customers.

Your responsibilities as someone who has started a business

The best way to know if your business is doing its best to protect those who are buying from you is to look at a list of all your responsibilities and see if you are dedicating enough resources to ensure they are carried out in the best way possible – every single day.

So what are your responsibilities as a business owner?

1. Never to take money when you don’t deserve it

This is easier said than done but very achievable. This is a responsibility that is straightforward, but that often puts many sellers in tricky situations.

No matter what happens, never depart from this rule. And even if you are too tempted to depart from it, ask yourself whether you’d be happy with anyone who took your money in return for nothing.

Have a good reason for receiving money from customers.

Simply start by giving them a good reason why they should buy from you.

Don’t worry about the big companies taking thousands or millions of shillings / dollars / pounds from unsuspecting customers.Yes, they do get away with the stealing bit but let that not influence you into doing the same. At the end of the day, they call all that loot profits but you know better.

Yes, they do get away with the stealing bit but let that not influence you into doing the same.At the end of the day, they call all that loot profits but you know better.

At the end of the day, they call all that loot profits but you know better.

2. Address all the concerns of your customers before they make a purchase

Every day you’ll encounter different people asking you different or similar questions.Most of them ask these questions in order to help them make the decision to buy, wait or buy something else from you or from another seller.

Most of them ask these questions in order to help them make the decision to buy, wait or buy something else from you or from another seller.

Give them the truth.Help them buy when they have all their questions answered. One of the best ways to do that

Help them buy when they have all their questions answered.One of the best ways to do that

One of the best ways to do this is to start a blog for your business / company where you can give detailed answers to all the questions you get asked.

3. Sell your customers original products

Do your best to avoid getting your feet all wet selling all manner of counterfeit products.They may sell like hot cakes and bring in money in

They may sell like hot cakes and bring in money in sack loads, but not for long.

Be remarkable by having a reputation as a seller who only deals in original products.

If you are a service provider, give the best service possible.

4. Keep your promises to your customers

Don’t only make promises to get the money.Make promises for the simple reason that you intend to keep them.

Make promises for the simple reason that you intend to keep them.

Why is it easy to shove your responsibilities as a seller to someone else?

1. Because there are customers who don’t give their responsibilities serious thought…

and sometimes it is hard to help them all.The best way to deal with this situation is to ensure you have plenty of info that is very clear to help your customers know what they are getting themselves into.

The best way to deal with this situation is to ensure you have plenty of info that helps your customers know what they are getting themselves into.

Again a blog with all the info can help if your customers need answers right away and they can’t talk to you face to face.

2. Because some think shoving their responsibilities to the customer will result into more profit.

As we mentioned before, this is not business.Any time a seller shoves his duties to a customer chances

Any time a seller shoves his duties to a customer, chances are they’ll be throwing across the counter some misleading statements in order to make more sales.

What happens when a customer realizes they were shortchanged by a seller who worries more about how much they make than how well they serve their customers?

You know what happens.

You don’t want that happening to you, or do you?

Can protecting the rights of consumers make you and your business more money?

Yes.

When you don’t toss trust out of the door and do your best not to take advantage of anyone who buys from you, guess what happens? They will likely trust you as well.

It is just like getting people throwing you a smile just because you do the same when you look their way.

Profits are more likely to come to the one who can smile and be trusted.

The money may not come in immediately, but that doesn’t mean it won’t eventually find its way to your business.

Keep working hard.

Put the necessary checks in place to ensure the consumer gets only the best from you.

And remind yourself of the great things you wanted to achieve when you first got started as an entrepreneur.

Read the free PDF guide: 10 Things to Look At If You Are Thinking Of Starting a Business. Download it here.

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Compared to long-form content, can a short blog post get a lot of organic search traffic?

For the purposes of this article, a short blog post is one that is below 1,000 words, hovering around 300 – 800 words most of the times, while a long form content is an article, tutorial or guide that is more than 1500 words, often going well beyond 1,800 words.Compared to long-form content, can a short blog post get a lot of organic search traffic?

All over the web, there are many articles published that talk about the quantity and quality of articles you publish – and how they affect your content marketing results.

Most of these often lean on the side of quality.

And that means writing lots of epic content.

Content that is great. Content that leaves people in awe. Content that has text in it but is also accompanied by graphics and great images.

Content that is backed with great research – with many sources cited and linked to within the article.

Which often means, to a lot of people, writing lots of words for just one single blog post.

Something that takes a lot of time and effort to do.

A 2,000 word article can take more than one hour to outline and write to completion.

In some niches, depending on the complexity of a subject and the kind of research and media involved during the creation process, such an article can take upwards of two hours for the writing, editing and proofreading.

You look at posts discussing what you should pay attention to when writing articles you want to rank highly on page one of Google search engine results pages and you can’t miss that point on word count.

Some content marketers and digital marketing agencies have done their own independent studies and suggest that the average length of blog posts that rank highly on page one of Google SERPs are over 2,000 words.

Meaning that is what you ought to aim for when writing new articles for your blog.

And this alone leads to a lot of anxiety  – which leads to a lot of procrastination and blogs that are updated infrequently.

Why do those who advocate for writing longer blog posts suggest word counts of 2000 words and above?

It’s a great way to cover a topic in detail

What some cover in three short blog posts, some cover in one pillar post.

And doing this often results in the kind of long blog posts that answers several questions a reader may have with just one article.

To some, this results in a good user experience. It’s efficient! Website visitors are thankful for the time put in to create the post and the writer is thankful for the results their effort gets.

It increases one’s chances of ranking highly for lots of long tail keywords with a single article

Often you hear that one of the best ways to rank highly on search engines is to create lots of content around different long tail keywords.

Well, some bloggers use long and detailed posts to answer lots of different questions using just one post.

The result is more organic search traffic, sometimes even for keywords they didn’t have in mind when writing.

In cases like this, one piece of content can result in lots of visitors referred to their site from search engines.

And even higher rankings, in some cases, when they go back to their post and edit it to include more information that address some of the question their post is ranking for that they only touched lightly the first time they hit publish.

It increases one’s chances of getting high quality back links from other blogs and websites

Truly remarkable content gets more links. Though the word is subjective, longer form content, backed with great research and visual elements, often have a higher chance of getting backlinks compared to most short form content on the web.

The content gets noticed!

It increases the  chances of posts getting shared many times on social networking sites and messaging apps

Similar to backlinks, people always tend to share things they consider remarkable / awesome on social media.

In-depth posts on various topics increases the likelihood of getting more shares – just because the content oozes quality and answers the questions readers may have in the best way possible.

The experience publishing less often while still getting lots of blog traffic

Blogs are always ready for more content and it can be tiring writing new posts everyday just to keep your site updated and your readers happy – which most bloggers often do by publishing many short articles during the week.

Some bloggers who advocate for long form content have found success writing fewer but longer posts – which lessens the anxiety bloggers who blog daily may experience.

They take their time writing epic posts, usually publishing less than three times a week.

Often from their own experiences and results, they naturally share their way of doing things, inviting more new bloggers to make sure they publish less often and switch from updating their sites with lots of short form content.

They share their results of going the long form route and often people who want to replicate their process and results go the same route.

So does this mean you don’t have a great chance of achieving the above, with short articles?

Why people think epic content only means long form content and not short form content?

The results they see mentioned in various reports, articles and case studies suggest so – even if indirectly.

Plus the bloggers they hold in high esteem tell them so – backing it up with their research.

No need to waste your effort writing some short post no one is going to care about. Write something epic that’ll blow everything out there to pieces, leaving only your piece standing…the test of time.

Instead of writing everyday and updating your blog every day, write and publish less often. Publish a few posts and focus on promoting them.

The problem is that quality isn’t synonymous with long form content.

Epic doesn’t always mean long blog posts. Quality doesn’t mean a short ebook disguised as an article.

Fewer words isn’t synonymous with less than stellar quality.

For many years there have been lots of content being published on the web telling newbies they shouldn’t publish short posts. Posts deemed generic sometimes just on the basis of word count alone.

But sometimes a look at some of the so-called long-form content is just a group of short posts put together – pieced into one article.

Meaning that any blogger can give their readers what they want: more great content that speak to their needs and wants. They can just choose to go about it differently. Some will publish lots of short posts. Some will publish few but longer posts.

And they’ll have their audience – people thankful for what they create.

Different bloggers, organizations and businesses have succeeded with either of the two forms of content, with more and more of them doing a mix of the two – doing some short posts and some long ones – as long as it aligns with their main reason why they blog.

So, it’s up to you to choose what you want to do with your blog (I suggest doing a mix of the two).

This reminds me of a time when I had a blog (sold it, and later bought the rights to the content when the new owner let the domain name expire) where my top ranking post was just slightly over 800 words.

In the same blog, I also had posts with 1500 words, 2000 words, 700 words, 1200 words and some news commentaries that were around 500 – 600 words.

The short posts would do well.

The long posts would do well.

It’s just a matter of what you are aiming for with your blog; what you want to address on a certain topic; what you want to bring to the attention of your readers; how you promote your content; your blogging time and the content marketing strategy you have in place.

Can a blog do well publishing short blog posts?

Yes, it can.

Especially if the thought of publishing long posts terrifies you and leads to paralysis by analysis.

I’d suggest dodging the procrastination that comes with this and to just focus on writing more and getting better at your craft.

You’ll notice that the more you write, the more you’ll come to find that most of your posts vary in length.

Soon enough you’ll find that you are publishing, to your blog and other blogs where you are a contributing writer, posts that are long and short.

Which will result in more data.

Data which you can use to determine the kind of word count that works for you and your readers.

There are many people having lots of success with shorter posts but you may not hear about their successes and results because they are operating web properties out of the internet marketing / blogging / make money online niches.

They are just focusing on giving their readers what they want – and most of the times doing so consistently without over-relying on a single source of web traffic like search engines.

You can see this in many niches: tech, blogging, personal development, news, finance, parenting among others.

At the end of the day the best question to ask is have I given my reader the best possible answers to a question they have which removes the anxiety that comes with focusing on a certain  number of words when writing, freeing you to focus on writing and publishing great content regardless if it’s short or long.

Short blog posts can get lots of organic search traffic from Bing, Google, Yahoo, Duckduckgo, Yandex and other search engines.

Comparing how much traffic they get compared to long-form content isn’t the point.

Yes, a long post, of say 11,000 words, can rank for many keywords. But so would five or ten short articles (on the same topic with the same amount of words) that are well inter-linked.

So, pay attention to what is being suggested out there but also remember to do your own tests and see what’s working for your blog – and readers.

How your business can get more loyal & repeat customers

Do you want more loyal customers? Most businesses do.

Yours would also do better with more repeat customers coming through the door, right?

You have probably heard that it is easy for a customer to open their wallet and do business with you the second, third, fourth, tenth or twentieth time compared to the first time they walk through your doors.

Part of the reason why this happens may be attributed to familiarity: with you, your employees, your products, your services and their past experiences buying from you.

How a prospect, turns into a one time customer then becomes a loyal customer – or a client if you like

Assuming the people who do repeat business with you are doing it because of something unique you do and not because you are the only person that comes to mind (because you have few to no competitors and what they are looking for, they can only get from you) when they want to pay for a particular product or service, the following are some things that can easily turn a one time customer into a loyal one.

1. They are served and treated well

What customer doesn’t like a business that treats them with respect, honesty and serves them fast appreciating the fact that they have other things to do with the limited hours they have each day?

This treatment extends to how you welcome your customers. Do you welcome their presence and show interest in their needs and wants? A business that genuinely does this quickly sets itself apart from the many others out there.

The window to do this is always small and in a few occasions you may not be in the mood to keep that smile up and respond warmly to their presence. In some businesses, a person walks in and is out in a matter of minutes.

You have a very limited window to help them make their mind whether they want to buy from you again in the future or not.

Treating and serving the person very well could be the difference between never seeing them again and having them walk through your doors and willingly open their wallets to make even larger purchases some weeks down the road.

Don’t forget to invite them to stop by your business again when they are, or happen to be, in the vicinity.

2. Good conversation with your customers is a must for serious business owners

I have walked into some business premises with owners who really knew how to get their customers to join a discussion.

You are in there standing or sitting and an awkward silence tries to creep in to make the environment boring. But then they come to the rescue.

They choose a topic and involve you and other customers in the conversation. Conversation which in some cases is not even related to the products and services they have in the market.

The owner asks the customers about their experiences and opinions on topics they know they might be interested. Like some of the items covered in the news that almost everyone seems to have an opinion on that they’d gladly share with whoever cares to lend them an ear.

Almost every customer that you meet is willing to be involved in conversations like this. Even the ones who seem busy, almost like they have to rush somewhere.

Tell them your name. Ask them their name. Ask them about their day. Tell them you are happy to have them as a customer and welcome them. Ask their opinion on some area of your business – a particular product, a business policy of yours, your employees etc.

Are they playing with their music player? Ask them what they are listening to.

Notice what they are wearing and carrying. Notice those in their company. Listen to what they say carefully. Your topic might just be among those things, not hidden, but in plain view.

3. They get more value for the money they spend

The simplest way to do this? Let your business be known for quality products and services. Not only that. Offer great support when something they buy from you isn’t working well – as expected.

Also, come up with a few surprises. Great surprises.

Give them something free when they make a purchase.

Put a smile on their face.

The rule is that the freebie must compliment that which they have purchased. Toothpaste purchased? Give them a toothbrush or a coupon that gets them a discount when they visit the most trusted dentist in town.

If they order online, surprise them with free and prompt shipping.

Are you busy and want to spend more time doing other things? Show some patience.

Restrain yourself from making their presence seem unwelcome.

4. Convenience they get doing business with you

Your business can be convenient to a customer in many different ways.

They may be attracted to you because of your location (proximity to their residence or work place), competitive pricing, variety, among many other needs of theirs that they can fulfill at the same spot, fast.

Find more ways to be convenient – and win more customers – and grow your business.

5. Recommendations by someone who is already your customer

They are looking for someone to help them achieve a particular goal.

As they do this, weighing their options, someone they trust their recommendations can eliminate, in an instant, all the other options they had in mind, putting your business at the top of their mind.

Of course the person recommending your business will say nice things about you.

When they make their mind to visit you and make a purchase and realize that all those good things said about you are actually true, you’ve got yourself a new potential loyal customer right there.

6. Loyalty schemes

Create a system to reward people who buy from you.

Reward loyalty.

Customers can, for example, earn points every time they purchase something from you, pay for one of your services etc and use those points to get discounted rates on future purchases, get free shipping, free service, prompt support or get many of the other things you come up with in your reward system that will make them feel special.

7. Your business doesn’t shove its responsibilities to the customer

We have already talked about some of the responsibilities business owners cannot push to their customers.

Every time you do your best and the customer sees that you are only doing your best to make their day better and not burden them with your responsibilities, they’ll appreciate it.

One of the good things that happen when you wholly embrace and hold your end of the bargain is this: you become a business owner whose every action is inspired more by courage than fear.

That way your mind is not spent wondering how not get your customers not to ask for refunds.

When they ask for their money back, you’ll gladly listen to their reasons, bring to their knowledge the options you are thinking about but most importantly be ready to give them their money back.

Or a repair or replacement if that’s fine with them.

You decide to spend the time that you’d normally waste on fear making your customer feel special. Giving the best experience possible. Nurturing a relationship that can last a lifetime.

8. You are dominant in your niche

Dominance plays an important role when it comes to loyalty.

Brand perception can do you some amazing things and win you more loyal customers.

But only if the perception is great: one customers associate with quality, affordability and then the feeling that they are not wrong to choose to do business with you, a player who is at the top and trusted by many other people as well.

9. They feel at home

When your customer thinks that your business understands them well, you are on your way to having another loyal customer.

When they finally find you, after working with similar businesses that don’t make them feel special, a business they can trust, the feeling that they belong, will almost win you their loyalty.

10. Sometimes you sacrifice profits so they can get the best

How can you do this?

Recommending another product or service if you think your recommendation can lead to a better purchasing decision (and doing this even if it means netting a little less) on their first visit instead of shoving products in front of them and manipulating them to buy.

11. You keep in touch with them

Saying hallo, wishing them happy birthday and remembering them all the time, and especially during occasions important to them (holidays, a special event or day they talked to you about etc).

While doing this, you can also inform them of new products, updates, discounts and bonuses.

You can do this via text, your website, your business blog, adverts on traditional media like radio, newspapers and TV or emails if you manage to have them join your email list.

12. Their children falls madly in love with you

If the customer is a parent, their children can help you win their loyalty.

For example, mummy comes home from the shop around the corner with her shopping. And what do the kids find hidden in the sugar? Biscuits. Maybe sweets.

Or say, amongst the clothes she buys for her children, she gets something extra– free – say, earrings, bracelet, a vest or an extra t-shirt.

Guess what the children will think? That next time mummy shops for the same items, she has to go to the same place to get them. The children will prod her to buy from you again and again.

Soon, you have a customer who, with each shopping, becomes even more loyal.

What has a business done to win your loyalty as a customer – and as a business owner, what have you done to gain the loyalty of your customers? Share your story in the comments below.

Check this free PDF resource: 10 Things to Look at If You Are Thinking Of Starting a Business. If you are a business owner, download the guide here and read it to avoid the 10 mistakes mentioned in there.

Business ideas: What can you do when you have more than two?

What happens when a person has more than two business ideas, wants to start a business soon but is not sure which idea to go with first?

There is a high likelihood they’ll spend a lot of time on all these ideas and delay opening their doors to their first customer.

Let’s take a minute and look at some of the things any person in this situation is likely to go through.

After that, we can look at what you can do to move forward, build a business and not just have ideas that do nothing but sit in your head and force your brain to think more than it should.

Let’s start with the first one:

The tendency to want to focus on all the ideas at the same time

This actually happens because ideas sometimes, whether similar or different, exhibit the same potential.

And things get really tough when you know you can get the money to implement all the different ideas you have.

If you had to create a score sheet – have a list of considerations to help you determine which idea to go with first, you may end up with two ideas or more that end up putting you in some kind of a dilemma.

Choosing becomes hard and when that happens time gets wasted. Procrastination sets in.

Suppose you pursue two ideas or three at the same time, you’ll have to divide your waking hours on all three.

If only one leads to overwhelm, the remaining one or two will suffer neglect.

It will be a case where you put most of your energy on one idea then when feeling that you neglect the others, switch what you focus on, only to run back to your number one idea.

A whole year can go by without any real growth in one or all the ideas you chose to turn into real businesses.

Crazy how we sometimes think we can get two birds with one stone, only to loose the stone and watch the birds fly away. I’ve lost some good websites this way.

Not favouring a business idea because you think it doesn’t have that much potential

How many are guilty of this?

People who when evaluating the viability of their ideas put so much emphasis on the amount of money their idea can attract? So many. And yet this happens every single day.

What can you do then?

What can you do when you have difficulty choosing which idea to focus on first?

Choose, first, the idea that will give you the chance to learn…

…new skills and inculcate habits that you will need every time you turn a new idea into a business, now and in the future.

The skills and habits can include, among many others, accountability, perseverance, hard work, confidence, negotiating deals, handling criticism, rising early, outreach etc.

See how your ideas can compliment each other

The reason for doing this is that you can use one idea to give another a chance at the marketplace.

Think about those who venture into WordPress web design as a business then add web hosting into their portfolio, or someone who starts a cyber café and also adds a class in another room, offering courses on word processing, introduction to the internet, internet research etc.

Ask yourself which idea is ready for quick implementation

There are countless stories of entrepreneurs who partly attribute their reason for success to coming up with an idea and turning it into a business at the right time .

They attribute a percentage of their business success to being at the right place at the right time – and taking massive action.

If you look around you, at the niche you want to be a part of, and know that the market may respond well to your new business, this may not be the time to spend more time keeping the idea in your head.

You never know your right time and right place may be waiting for you…now.

So, look again at every idea you have, the pains they are focused on and what the people buying from you will get when money exchanges hands…read this post again then make a decision to start.

Further reading: 10 Things to Look at if You Are Thinking of Starting a Business (click this link and subscribe via email to download the ebook now).

Want to share your thoughts or ask a question? Do so in the comments section below.

Shark Tank TV show: 5 lessons for founders of the millions of businesses who have watched it

Some say that Kenyans have a tendency to show great interest when something unusual happens in or outside the country and is given a lot of airtime on local television.Shark Tank TV show: 5 lessons for founders of the millions of businesses who have watched it

What do you mean unusual? Breaking news touching on the endless drama we are used to seeing and hearing about in politics, the introduction of a new local program, gripping soaps, movies…

One unusual thing happened on NTV Kenya not long ago. They took the time to air a program which I believe was a great learning platform to the millions of people who own businesses and the ones thinking of starting theirs soon.

The program, Shark Tank, though pushed late in the evening (on Wednesdays) had many business lessons for investors, entrepreneurs holding dearly to their ideas, parents and young adults.

I’d say that anyone who took their time to watch Shark Tank learnt a great deal.

So, why write an article about a program that some have already forgotten ever aired? Simple. Even if you have moved on to other things, I am sure you didn’t just forget about the many lessons you got from the program.

That’s got to mean something. Perhaps that there are a few things you picked just waiting to be implemented.

Whether you watched the program every time it aired or didn’t allocate time to watch it you will, in this article, find five lessons you can use to keep your dream of building a more profitable business real.

1. People may not share in the enthusiasm you have for your business or ideas

What do you do when the people you think will share in your enthusiasm fail to do what you expect them to do? Do you stop?

Do you wait for someone to come along to encourage you, to hold your hands and feel the same way as you do about your ideas and plans?

You don’t top, slow down or let their failure to be ‘happy for you’ stop you from carrying out your plans.

It does not matter how those around you feel about your ideas and plans, as long as you are doing the right thing.

Whether you are meeting potential investors, talking to your entrepreneur-friends, or playing the big dreams and plans you have in your mind, don’t allow yourself to be worried or harbor feelings of resentment just because people don’t care about your ideas, business, what you have to say about them or how dedicated you are in your quest to ensure they result in a profitable business.

2. You learn for one simple reason –

– And that simple reason is, ‘So you can implement what you have learnt to make things better.’ You soon realize after opening your doors to customers that a business is in fact a school in itself.

There is so much to be learnt every single day. But learning for the sake of learning is just a tiny bit of a major responsibility you assume once you get in the business world.

To improve yourself, your products, your services and how you relate to your customers requires that you take all you learn, sieve it all, then implement whatever you think will benefit your business. That is how it is.

Easy to say than do? You may be right. True learning is not easy especially when the learning experience comes from a big mess or a plan you hoped could lead to more profit that ends up taking more from your business than it brings in.

True learning may also become a pain especially when you are under attack. Don’t let personal attacks stop you from learning and improving. Don’t let success stop you from carefully reviewing all the feedback you receive and take the appropriate steps to keep growing.

3. No doesn’t mean no, at least in a few occasions

Don’t be that guy or lady who hears a ‘no’ and lets all hope loose.

You can do your homework very well and actually believe firmly that a ‘yes’ is going to come your way easily, only to hear a ‘no’ that sounds like it’s said with a lot of arrogance and leaves you looking bad, may be foolish.

Don’t let that two letter word freeze your tongue. Say something. Something intelligent. You never know, it could just be one of those tests life throws at you to see how you react.

Even if the word shakes your confidence in a big way, don’t bow to it and later wonder what could have happened if you countered or asked why your offer attracted an immediate no.

Say something.

See what happens.

The yes you expected to hear might finally find its way to your ears.

4. Don’t let others make you mad easily

Most people hates it when someone makes them mad, whether they are doing it intentionally or not.

What do you do when you find yourself in front of someone you expect to inject cash in your business to help you take it to the next level who ends up making you looking like a beggar? Or someone who calls your expertise into question, throws a joke your way when you don’t tolerate any?

You make a choice. One, to do what you went to do there in the first place or two, to allow those ‘attacks’ to let anger conquer your heart.

This is one area every business owner must work on because you will meet such people several times.

Know when not to say a thing. Know when to walk away. Know how to politely fend off their attacks.

And you will be happy to not let anger push you into doing something that may injure your reputation, plus all that you represent, and make it easier for customers and investors to work with your competitors while shunning you like a plague.

5. Your business must make money

That is why it is a business. Figuring out how to be profitable is one area you must give special attention, whether you are experienced in selling and keeping the money in or not.

You have to do your best so that your expenses don’t exceed the money coming in. when your business makes money, it is easier to focus on building better products or offering better services than rushing something to the marketplace fearing that any delays could result to a string of losses.

Besides, investors and customers love businesses that make money. It shows that people are actually interested in what you are investing your time and energy into.

Every time things are going as planned, or challenge after challenge lines up in front of you, remember these five lessons. Refer to them during the good and bad times.

What did you learn from the show?

Read more business blog posts on Niabusiness.com.

Best business to start: Is there anything like that really or is it just an idea people have?

The quick answer to this question would be yes and no.

But there is more.

Interesting bits that will take a few more words and make everything way clearer.

Want more than the yes and no answer? Good.

First, I’d like to tell you what inspired this post.

There have been many searchers to this site looking for the answer to this question. It is a topic I have avoided writing about for various reasons.

You know, for example, there are people who want what they think works best and attracts massive profits. They want to be pointed to a list of best businesses whose practices and success they can replicate in the shortest time possible.

Then there’s the question of, ‘What if I don’t address this issue and a reader of this site continues with their search, only to realize later that years have passed, they don’t have the well-doing business and the answer they were looking for all along was inside them?’

And so, here we are, me and you, to share our thoughts on this. Ready?

Let’s start with…

What makes people look at some businesses / ideas as the best?

1. The businesses are successful

One of the reasons is that the kind of businesses they are focused on may be the best at what they do. With several customers and profits that keep increasing every year.

Businesses like these have a way of making heads turn. They have a way of attracting cameras and taking a big chunk of TV time.

They are studied and profiles written on them. They make headlines. They become news that seem to never go stale. And most of the things people hear about them are positive.

See all that? Everything that can make someone abandon their idea and simply settle for what they are told is the best, hoping for similar or better results.

The image we have of other businesses is enough to, at times, keep us searching for other best businesses in niches we want to be a part of, believing that if the search yields whatever it is we are looking for, then things will be more exciting, easier, faster – leading to quick profits and rapid expansion.

2. They are drawn by the assumptions they have about certain kind of businesses

Online businesses for example.

We hear stories of people who set up some kind of website and made thousands or millions of dollars from their little corner of the web.

When we look at how much they spent to start the whole thing – pennies!

When we turn the page and look at how long it took them to reach the heights of success – the kind the media likes to cover – mere months!

And right there, a lot of people are sold on the dream – of passive income or net riches.

It is game on. Time to reverse engineer everything and then start the process of replication – to build the perfect business.

There are also other assumptions that attract people to online businesses.

They are easy to start, take little work, and as John Chow puts it, gives you time and location freedom. And all this is true – for people who put in the hard work.

Some, however, hear, ‘Earn while you sleep…’ from some experts but don’t give much thought to the amount of work it takes to reach the point where they can literally make profits in their sleep – an example where a person wants to own a business but isn’t ready to put in the work and use what they already have to build something others can look at and think of as best.

3. Trends

What happens when a certain kind of business suddenly strikes a chord with so many people?

What happens when everyone seems to want to get in and have a piece of the market?

It will be labeled the opportunity of a lifetime.

One you can’t afford to miss.

It will be described in glossy details.

Then there will be spokesmen and spokeswomen reeling you in, almost forcing in your hands your little piece of the delicious cake.

The barrier of entry will be low (for awhile) and the businesses raking it turned into case studies.

All this is good.

But the herd mentality that is common in times like that, it is the spoiler.

It ruins everything for many people. Some even end up letting their dream of business ownership remain just that – a dream.

Why this idea of the best business ideas doesn’t cut it – deep

1. I can tell you about the best business to start. But say, you are not interested in the industry, don’t have expertise in the area or time to take the business to the next level (if you start it), what happens?

The majority will be stressed and even think of quitting. A few people will look for talent, contract to freelancers or get a few employees to help.

There are people who will hold on, persevere and keep things going.

Some will come to the realization that, even though, that’s what (the best) they initially set out looking for, it isn’t what they want to be dealing with anymore.

They quickly realize that, at the end of the day, who and what defines best comes down to the customers and the numbers – profits, losses etc.

2. The idea alone can make you comfortable and so sure of success – to the point where it prevents you from working hard and exploring more.

That is not a position you want to be in, unless you are comfortable with competitors shrinking the market share that currently inspires your comfort and confidence.

3. Soon everyone seems to copy you. If you can’t differentiate yourself (have a unique selling proposition that wins you new business and earns you customer loyalty) you are walking land filled with mines.

If you fail to differentiate yourself and more people join, competition will increase. Prices are likely to drop to the bottom and your margins wiped out – a big portion of your profits.

And that leads to this: best business that barely makes enough to pay for its expenses and growth.

4. We tend to want to do something we think is best (as per our interpretation of other people’s success stories) and fear creating our version of the best from the ground up.

Where does all this leave you?

It is still fine to search for the best business ideas. However, the successes, stories, business models and failures of the kind of businesses we admire should be used as lessons.

Lessons to inspire us to create the best business according to our own standards – a big part of which is to solve problems the best way we can, for the people who gladly pay when their needs and wants are met.

Download this PDF: 10 Things to Look at If You Are Thinking of Starting a Business. Click here to get it.

Starting your first online business working from a cyber café

When you settle on an idea for your online business and decide to take the next step, which is implementation, you will quickly realize how much the internet is vital in starting, growing it and connecting with others.

This realization stops some people from going on with their idea, simply because of reasons like:

  • I don’t have my own computer to work on
  • I have very slow internet
  • I can’t afford the expensive data bundles
  • I don’t have a good modem
  • Without constant internet access, this thing won’t work

But…

—does the main question have to revolve around your lack of a proper internet connection, really?

If you want to get started online, however little money you have, you have to think a little deeper, look at your situation – whether unique or not – and come up with solutions that help you move forward, one tiny step at a time, instead of waiting for everything to be just a little better or perfect, before you make the decision to commit to seeing your idea turn into a profitable business.

As someone who’s had a few failures and successes online, I can tell you that sometimes people just focus on things that are not very important – like having a high speed 24/7 internet access.

There’s a point when it’s not a must to have that; when you need to be creative, to think long term and use what you have.

For example, if you believe that part of your business success is rooted in starting and growing a blog, you may not have even a slow computer to type your articles.

But you can find a way to do that and have them published to your site in a cyber café near you by either copying and pasting each to your post editor or by uploading them all at once as an XML file using the import option some blog software have.

You can even do this last bit on your phone.

Do you see where I am going with this?

I once thought that to build something successful (useful) online, I had to have a certain amount of money, tools, and equipment.

I used to think that I could not be able to do anything worthwhile without all these things that cost way more than I had.

That’s until I realized another way.

Instead of just sitting, I could learn new skills, do my own research and learn as much as I could.

Doing this shook the little helplessness in me – the kind that we sometimes feel when we can’t help but wonder if the little we have can actually propel our ideas and little ventures forward.

I am not, in any way, insinuating that the equipment and tools, won’t help you reach your goals fast.

Actually, they make starting and running a business on the internet from the comforts of your home office easier.

But what if you don’t have these things?

Give up? No. Do you just sit? No.

You can choose to do things the hard way; to feel a little uncomfortable – instead of feeling comfortable with your ideas in your head, just waiting and waiting to start in an unknown date in the future.

Running your online business from a cyber café…

… may feel uncomfortable now.

But if you still don’t have a computer, internet connection and any useful software you find installed in some of the ‘public machines’, you have a choice: to start now or to wait – even when deep down you know it’s better launching now.

Check this free PDF resource for more tips on starting your business: 10 Things to Look at If You Are Thinking of Starting a Business (Download it here)

Focus mostly on the work, the kind that is tedious, sometimes boring but delivers more value to others and results in even bigger returns for you and the people you do business with.

Because guess what? There are a lot of valuable things you can do offline first. Sort of like building a strong foundation before you rush online promoting something hastily put together that no one seems to want to look at.

Note down all the important things you can do offline. Do them, so that when you go online, you’ll have something useful people might be interested in. Build connections with others. Introduce yourself.

Participate in social media. But while doing all these things and wondering why you spend so much time in cyber cafes, getting little done, remember to ask yourself:

What are the top 5 things I should be doing to take my business a level higher?

Focus on those. Your top five. On the hard stuff…mixing it a little with the more fun, easy to do activities that lack the compounding effect your top 5 have.

That usually involves creating more value (by teaching through content, helping others find solutions to their problems) and refining what you’ve already created (your own products and services).

That internet café near you can lead to great things. It’s up to you to decide if you want to get more from: 1) you, and 2) it.

For tips on the things to focus on when starting your business, I recommend you check the free ebook I linked to above.

5 reasons why many are afraid of scaling down the size of their idea to start their business with as little money as possible

Many people have great business ideas, know what they want, how much funding they need to start, how to get their first customer and all that.

Sometimes they might even have a product ready for the market.

What they might not have is the capital to turn their idea into a business.

When we talk of turn most of us mean this:

Say, I have an idea to start a daycare centre, my thoughts and efforts during the idea phase will normally cloud my mind with:

  • all these pictures of amazing things I get to buy to start the business in a unique way,
  • the idea that more money can help me differentiate myself from my competitors and
  • tens of ideas on how to create a picture that people who will be paying for my services already have in their mind – in other words, trying my best to get enough money to create the exact picture that plugs right into their preconceived notions of what a great daycare centre should be like.

That way, I can afford to think that the chances of them calling, visiting my website, reading my blog, finding me, knocking on my door or opening their wallets increases just a little bit – to justify going after and funding the idea in the first place.

How it works in the real world

Sometimes, you and me are right to do all the things I have mentioned above.

The problem is: there are no guarantees that the more the amount of money used to turn an idea into a business, the more the business is likely to grow, fast, and become successful.

Therefore, the reason or reasons behind avoiding starting a business with what you have, waiting, looking for more funds to start you off should be looked at carefully. For when you do, you’ll be in a better position to judge whether the reasons are all but rising out of fear or not.

Many times we hear or read about business success stories and come up with these crazy assumptions that, once in awhile, even no amount of research can seem to shake.

These stories sometimes influence people and what happens next is that a person then gets fixated on getting a certain amount of capital before they can start their business, company or startup.

Without the capital they have in mind, they then just keep postponing opening their doors to buyers.

Why aren’t more people scaling down the size of their business ideas?

1. They don’t want to

When reading the ebook, 10 Things to Look at if You Are Thinking of Starting a Business, you will find that some people just don’t like the idea of increasing the gap between where they are and the big goals they’d like to achieve.

To them, it is like telling a runner to take a few steps back so that it will take more effort to reach the real starting point and the finish line of a marathon or race they have to run.

In this list of business ideas, there’s a very interesting example: starting a shop instead of a supermarket. How many people can scale down their idea to that level then committing themselves to working to reach the original idea, keep going, never looking back?

Very few.

Why? Because scaling down demands more effort, patience, discipline, creativity, innovation, credibility, and courage from you…since the chances of the scaled down version of the original idea turning out as envisioned is almost zero and the pain that comes when one takes this route, invests money in this version of the idea only to fail can be too much.

Some would do all they can to avoid such an experience. To some failing at an idea that is just a dumbed down version of their original and main idea is just too big a deal.

Tell them to go this route and they’ll just stare you in the face and say I can’t, no reasons given.

2. It will take them more time to reach their goals

In the shop and supermarket example above, the time factor is another reason why people fear scaling down their ideas.

When someone tells you to start with a tiny shop when all you want money to start is a supermarket , it can be a little bit discouraging.

Suddenly you see more years added to your business to reach goals you think you could reach quickly, if you had the capital you wanted.

It could take you more time to reach certain goals when you scale things down. But that’s not often the case. There are people who scaled down their ideas and found that once they opened their doors to customers, they gained altitude real fast.

Your mind may tell you to wait, to not go down the route of dumbed down versions of ideas, to start big, and you can be convinced to wait, to start there, at the level that reassures – but doesn’t guarantee – you of reaching your goals faster.

Until you add your product or service to the market, you won’t know for sure whether starting now with a scaled down version of your idea would turn out to be a great decision compared to waiting three to twelve months or a few years more when you think you will have enough capital to start without scaling down your idea at all.

3. It’s hard to be taken seriously

This happens a lot to new businesses.

One way some people decide to boost their credibility and be taken a lot more seriously is to wait, not scaling down their idea – because scaling down will show others that they don’t have money, that they aren’t serious, that the lack of money therefore means their offering is inferior compared to what their competitors have in the market already, or that their business is headed down hill…to a hard crash that can only be summed in words like massive failure, debt and more debt, bankruptcy or dodo.

Who wants to do business with an entity that can easily attract such words?  they reason, then jump to conclusions like, ‘Very few. Perhaps, no one. Not me!’

Being taken seriously means a lot to business owners. It is part of what keeps them waking up to improve their companies every single day.

When you can’t be taken seriously, it gets hard to get contracts, to get people to look your way and buy from you, to get referrals, to get repeat customers or to make a little more – which can then be reinvested back in growth.

With your idea scaled down, you can still be taken seriously – because this is one thing that has very little to do with how big you are. You will just have to put more effort in proving that you’ll keep the promises you make.

With more effort, you can nail down this thing. Extra effort can help you make your products more appealing in the eyes of those you want to sell to – and when you keep the promises you make to prospects and customers, you will be taken seriously, no matter how tiny your business is.

4. The hours one works a day can be too much

When you scale down your idea, sometimes it means having no, or very few, people to help you move up the ladder.

No employees.

That could mean doing everything yourself which could lead to this: a clash between your business and family.

On one hand you’ll want to spend more time with your family, but on the other hand, you’ll want to not only come up with great products.

You’ll also want to put in more effort in the business so that it is able to support you and your family financially… to trim some of the debts you may have etc.

In situations like this, some are more likely to postpone launching until they have money enough to hire employees or pay for the services of a high quality freelancer.

Having contractors help you with some of the work when you make the choice to scale down and start right away can still lead to great things, leaving you just enough time for your family and business.

5. They fear someone else can copy their idea

That is what some people think when they see themselves as small fish surrounded by sharks. Waiting till you have the money to fully implement your idea, can that stop others from copying it?

Waiting may not stop some person, perhaps offering a product or service similar to yours, with more money and influence from copying your idea (or coming up with an idea like yours without even knowing you were thinking of the same), taking it to the market, building a business around it and taking over the same market you hoped to sell to – sealing almost all your planned points of entry.

But the market is usually big enough for products that are similar. Get yours out there and add on it as it attracts more revenue.

What can you do?

Remember that scaling down business ideas, startup, company, service or product isn’t recommended in every situation. It has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Do your research. And read the free ebook 10 Things to Look at If You Are Thinking of Starting a Business.

Then choose courage over fear – because, sometimes, that propels you further in business than any amount of money could.

7 ways your online business can make money and be profitable

In this post, you’ll learn about five ideas you can turn into online businesses with little capital. On top of that, you will also learn  different ways to make money from them.

Let’s start with:..

1. Apps

One way to start an internet business is to come up with a great idea for an app, build it and sell it in various marketplaces for different devices like Nokia, Apple’s iPhone and iPad, smart phones and tablets running Google’s Android, devices powered by Microsoft’s Windows operating system, Tizen etc.

You can create the app by yourself if you know how to do this, or are willing to learn how to code it.

Alternatively, you can hire a developer to help you from various job boards and freelance marketplace websites.

If there are a set of features you have been looking for in apps sold in different marketplaces for your device or any (other device you’d like to create an app for), and all you keep running into are applications with just half of the (or zero) features you are looking for, it is time to build the app for yourself.

You can then take a step further and sell copies of it to other people who might be interested in it.

For more ideas, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What else would I want my device to do?
  • What else would I want to do with my device?
  • What is my device already doing that I can improve?
  • What app, targeted at many niches at the moment, can be built for a specific niche from the ground up?
  • What app – or company behind certain apps – can I buy and improve?

2. Clone scripts

There are many great premium scripts that you can buy for cheap, customize, and use to power your website.

Clone scripts can help you start a business on the internet easily.

These scripts normally get you the features available to users and administrators of already popular sites.

They can save you a lot of money in developer fees, especially when you have very little capital.

There are clones you can buy to start any of the following types of websites.

  • Social networking sites
  • Classified ad websites
  • Video site
  • Auction site
  • Dating site
  • Directories
  • eShop (online shops and marketplaces)
  • Deals site
  • Email marketing site
  • Affiliate network site for merchants and publishers
  • Freelance marketplace
  • Forums
  • Reviews site

Clone scripts become useful when you have an idea for the business you want to start and all you need is custom code you can purchase and start using immediately.

Also, remember that there are various content management systems, like WordPress, which you can extend with the various plugins and themes already developed (or get someone to code a plugin that does what you want) and use that to power your site.

3. Online store

You can sell physical and digital goods on the internet in a store like the one we have here.

With this idea, you have to choose what you want to sell, to whom and why, then find a web host and start a website, blog where people can come to make their purchases.

Your store could be targeted to users in a particular region, country sell only digital goods, physical goods, or both.

The store can also be a general one, selling all kinds of things, or specific (for example: selling books, second hand textbooks, books for law students, jewelry, beauty products, groceries, electronics, or different kinds of fast moving consumer goods).

In each of these broad niches, you can still dig deep and target even a more specific segment of a market.

Digital stores can sell downloads – and when I say downloads, I mean anything you can get instantly off the internet.

Think about the things you have downloaded recently for ideas: ebooks, images, music, videos, software, mini-guides, extensions, plugins…

You can also be a reseller and offer services like web hosting and domain registration at your own prices – to other businesses in need of such services.

4. News site

If you are interested in what’s going on in the world, your country and your town, you can start your own little news company and grow it, hiring reporters, skilled journalists and managers to help you expand, reach more people and provide better information in different formats.

Start by creating a site, on WordPress for example, writing about what’s happening in your town or neighbourhood and publishing all this in your site.

Also interview people and publish their thoughts, write commentaries and continue growing your online business.

5. Bring people with a similar skill together and offer their skills as a service under one company

This works well if you want to offer your services to individuals, businesses and organizations.

This can be done in many areas. For example: outsourced content writing, editing and proofreading, cleaning, running errands, design, and online tutoring.

Start by offering the service yourself, then hire employees or sub-contact to skilled freelancers.

Finding people with skills that compliment each other can also work to your advantage.

Many people have built digital marketing companies / agencies this way.

It all comes down to this

Like every other business, it matters a lot that you know the needs of those you want to serve, come up with something to fulfill that need and find a way to make money doing this online.

If you think that all this doesn’t suit you, you can create something – a tool perhaps – which has never been created before but which can be useful to some people, introduce it online and build a business around it.

Making money and being profitable with your online business

Running an online business may not require lots of capital to start. But that’s no reason to take the revenue and profit aspect of the business lightly.

Costs soon add up.

Without money coming in, your venture is likely to struggle, grow slowly or wither away – if you don’t find someone to buy it from you and improve it further.

For this reason alone, I highly recommend you download and read my free ebook 10 Things to Look at If You Are Thinking Of Starting a Business.

Costs

Your expenses will fall in the following areas: creating the product or service, packaging, product improvements, server space / web hosting, consultations, licensing, salaries or payments to freelancers you contract and various professionals – accountants, lawyers, rent – if you have an office, and other costs incurred in running your business such as payments to other companies whose services you use often: email marketing software, social media management, video tutorial creation, analytics and other tools.

To be profitable, your business should make more than it spends.

The rule is this simple but takes a lot of discipline not to be broken.

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So, how can you make money and be profitable?

1. Create something useful

Let the product or service you offer speak for itself.

Start with this (tip) and some of the people who buy from you will get you more customers even without you asking.

The customers themselves will, more likely, become repeat customers, helping you grow every time they buy again.

2. One off sales, up-sells and cross-sells

This happens for example when one buys a product from you and you charge for the value of what they purchase.

While shopping you can also up-sell (suggest one or more superior products that costs more than the one they already have in their cart – and want to purchase) and cross-sell (by suggesting they buy one or more products related to the one in their cart).

Some people see the suggestions, often prompted by words like –  ‘People who bought this (what they have in their shopping cart) also bought the following’ followed by the list of suggested products with a Add to Cart button next to each – end up buying one, two or all of these.

3. Buying wholesale and selling at retail

You can make bulk purchases at wholesale prices then sell what you buy to others online at retail, leaving you with a margin you can reinvest back in your business to grow it further.

Contact manufacturers or any other entities selling particular products you are interested in selling in your store directly for best prices.

You can also, in the same or different store, sell:

  • products you create yourself
  • reseller services
  • sourced products from sites like Alibaba

4. Offer subscriptions for your service

Treat your users like members of a community and charge them a recurring fee to continue enjoying your services.

This fee can be charged once every month or once every year.

Or every 2 – 3 months.

You decide what works for you and your customers.

5. Take a cut off each sale or transaction

Charge little to no money upfront for allowing others to benefit from your business, only taking a percentage off each sale or successful transactions they make.

The cut doesn’t have to be excessive.

Just enough to put a smile on the faces of both you and your customers.

You can do this by starting an online marketplace where people can join as sellers / vendors to sell their wares – giving you a commission off each sale they make.

6. Advertisements and sponsorships

Instead of charging the people who use your products or services directly to get the funds necessary to keep your business running, you can have others pay you to place ads (or be mentioned and recommended to your users) on your website, downloads, podcasts, social media accounts, blog, software or apps.

You can also join various affiliate programs and promote them to your users, taking a commission off each referral that results in a sale.

And yes, ads work best, when there are people interested enough (in what’s advertised) to click and buy – and of course lots of website traffic in most cases.

7. Offer a free trial of a product  you are selling…

Or offer a free core version (with limited features) while, at the same time, selling a premium version with more features to users interested in those extra features.

These are just some of the ways you can explore, to see what works best for you.

Different things work for different types of businesses.

Try some, see what works for you

And if you have any questions or would simply like to make a suggestion or share your experience, post your comment below.

Check more Niabusiness.com blog posts on business and entrepreneurship.

5 things business owners should know about giving refunds – money back guarantees

In business, there are a lot of things that happen every time someone with money and in need of a particular product or service meets with another, who is willing or can be convinced to charge a certain amount of money to fulfill that need.

Money to business, promises to customers

Money exchanging hands is one of those things.

Giving the customer what’s promised is yet another.

In normal circumstances, it should remain that way.

For the buyer, that means exchanging a certain amount of money for a product or service and not going back to the seller demanding for the money they paid him.

What your customer buys

What they receive should be so good that the thought of returning it doesn’t cross their mind.

Even if it does cross their mind, the product or service should be good enough to calm them down and let them see and appreciate the value of what they’ve got.

Things never always work like this though

And it’s not because of the fault of whoever is selling – and sometimes not because of the fault of the customer either.

But one party (usually the seller) often triggers something in the customer that emboldens him to go back for his money.

Situations like this sometimes arise because of a simple misunderstanding or lack of preparedness on the part of the customer – before and immediately when they make a purchase.

Some people are so afraid to part with their money, thinking of the worst case scenarios even when they are standing next to a seller who clearly understands their needs and makes a promise to take care of those needs.

So sellers must think of ways to help customers like these take money out of their pockets.

And they have many ways to do that.

Money-back guarantees is one of those ways

If you don’t like what we sell you, bring it back for a full refund, some promise.

Others will only give you back a portion of what you paid them.

The customer is usually given a limited window of 1, 7, 30, 60 or even 90 days to act. Past that window, they can’t get a refund (though some businesses are experimenting with lifetime guarantees).

And every money-back guarantee has a set of its own conditions made by the seller who usually should explain them to whoever buys from him.

So, how can you benefit from all this as a business owner?

Buying something knowing they can get a refund helps the customer buy with more confidence.

You, as the seller also benefit in two major ways: you spend little time and energy on each transaction and two, it helps you sell more.

What should you take away from all this?

  1. Create great products and services

Let this be your first weapon to ensuring the money comes in and sticks.

Let refunds and other types of guarantees be secondary.

Your primary goal is to create something your customers will love love love love.

  1. Offer a money back guarantee only if you are serious about it

There’s nothing so irritating as someone making a promise to you only to get cold feet when it is time for them to act.

If you don’t want to offer refunds or don’t even want to entertain the idea, let your customers know.

Yes, telling them this will demand the same courage from you as it demands from the seller who throws all fear out of the window and goes ahead to come up with a reasonable refund policy.

  1. Be very clear about your policy

Explain everything now when you and the customer are all smiles.

Don’t try to do it only when they want their money and they force you to be on the defensive and make you look real real bad.

Make sure your customer understand even the simplest details about your policy.

The best way to do that is to start by making your policy simple, cutting out as much jargon as possible – and placing it somewhere they can find it anytime for example linking to it from the footer, start here, about us or FAQ section of your website.

  1. Don’t waste the time of the customers who really deserve their money back

Just give it to them fast if that’s all they want (they don’t care about any alternative solutions you might have for them).

  1. Don’t worry about getting a flood of requests for refunds

Spend more than enough time creating great products or services, building trust and crafting a great refund policy.

When you do all this, you won’t have to worry about this bit at all even when some of your customers call or email you demanding back their money.

Build a successful business because of these two things (hint: anyone can have them free)

When you look around you, listen to people’s aspirations, dreams, and goals, there’s probably this one thing you have heard many times already.

Many people are looking for ways to do work that matters –

– for the following reasons:

To solve other people’s problems

Solving other people’s problems bring them joy and give them more reasons to keep working hard to better themselves.

They believe they can do work that matters

They have come to the realization that they don’t need to wait for encouragement from those close to them to do what they are itching to do.

They also know that there’ll be lots of opposition from people who don’t see the importance in and the meaning they give to their ideas and dreams.

They do it to earn money

Not just for them. They point their hearts in the direction of selflessness – and are glad to share the little they get with their families, parents, siblings, friends, relatives and even strangers in need.

You, me – we share these dreams and ideals as well.

One of the ways to achieve all this – to do work that matters – is by starting a business. Something I know you are interested in.

What are the two things I am talking about?

The two that can help you start and build a successful business?

1. Confidence

No matter how doubtful you may be at times, you should always know that you have the strength to shake off all that doubt, be confident again and continue working on your dreams.

Fear and doubt come in when you start asking yourself questions when you start wondering if you have what it takes when you look at other successful business owners and focus on their luck (not yours), when you focus on the things you lack…

I believe in you. I am certain that you are confident enough to know what it is you should be doing with what you already have.

Truth be told, we all think we want more to do work that matters. And that’s true in some cases.

But then again, you can leverage your confidence and choose to use what you have rather than wait till everything is perfect – which can be a very long time to wait.

No matter how much you doubt yourself, do the right thing. Which is to stand up and choose to work on your dreams, to hold other people’s hands, to share and solve problems.

2. Dreams

We all have them: You, your parents, me, your best friend.

Don’t give up on them.

Use them to inspire you, to remind yourself of the great potential God gave man.

Use them to remind yourself of the great things you could achieve for yourself and others.

And most importantly, work on them. For that’s the only way to make them real.

Spend as little time as possible on those things that just wastes your time – to dedicate the extra time you get to making your dream of building a successful business a reality.

It might be television or just talking about what you want but actually never doing the necessary work to turn your idea into a real business.

Deep down, your dreams hold a special place in your heart compared to the activities that take away your time in return for very little.

But a few times you’ll find yourself still indulging in them be because, once in awhile, you can’t help but wonder if you can achieve all the grand dreams you have – the dreams of becoming successful in business.

Shake the doubt if it cripples you and makes it hard for you to work on the things you know you should be working on.

When you do that you will have more time to:

  • Learn. Read books, ebooks, articles…sign up for courses.
  • Commit. Work, putting in more effort instead of just dreaming

Pick something from this article and use it to build your dreams. I know you can do that.

You can start by believing in your ability to turn things around; to believe in your dreams, then in your own way start building the foundation for your business.

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Want to save money to start a business? Here are 2 things you must do to be successful at this

One of the big hurdles entrepreneurs usually come across in their quest to turn their ideas into businesses is getting capital.

Where, and how to get it is one big question that has no one single answer.

Previously we’ve looked at some questions one can ask to figure out if taking a loan from a financial institution could be ideal, especially when they depend on the borrowed funds to start them off.

Today, we are at it again, looking at more questions around the topic ‘capital’.

Can one save money to start a business?

Yes.  It is possible.

Can you? Yes. You can.

But sometimes the real answer to this question goes deep, pushing you to think real hard about how to actually save enough funds to open your doors to customers on the earliest possible date.

The challenges to saving money to start a business

First, we know how little the money some salaried or self-employed people get each month. Sometimes it’s not that it’s too little to justify putting off the dream of business ownership every single month.

But when you think about your dependants and all that you want to spend on, it can be scary sometimes, just looking at the money in your hands or bank account – especially when you focus on how little it is.

And once there’s mild panic, some people shake their heads, and start asking themselves a lot of questions:

What if I use part of my income only for the business to fail?

What if I invest all this money and loose it in one stroke of bad luck?

What if my spouse thinks that taking our money and sinking it into a hole no one knows how deep can be is just a recipe for disaster?

What if my landlord starts kicking my door open every few days because all the rent went into a business that is responding slowly to growth?

What if the money I have can’t get me all the things I need to start no matter how hard I try to save?

How drastic will the change in my, or family’s, lifestyle be?

These are some of the worries that push people to say, ‘Forget it, no need to save aggressively. I will just get a loan,’ or something similar to, ‘Why not invest money in this other business that requires little money to start and promises quick returns?’

What happens when one reaches such conclusions?

One, they realize that banks are not happy to fund every idea.They realize, maybe for the first time, that they can be turned away. Some choose to fight. Others choose to take a short or big break.

They realize, maybe for the first time, that they can be turned away. Some choose to fight. Others choose to take a short or big break.

The quick money in this other new and promising business that they want to mint money from in the short term may also turn to be a scheme that only causes more frustration in the long run – scheme, here, is defined loosely – it could mean that while doing their research, they, while reading, watching, listening or reading, bought into hype and settled for expectations that are unrealistic and sometimes plainly ridiculous.

Some also get the loans they wanted only to realize quickly that their business simply needs more of their patience, time, sweat and creativity more than it does money.

What does that tell you?

You guessed it: you can actually keep saving and have enough money to start you off.

I recommend reading the article and ebook below

Scaling down the size of your business idea to be able to start with as little money as possible outlines some of the things you need to do to pull this off. Read the article. And dive deeper by reading the free guide 10 Things to Look At If You Are Thinking Of Starting a Business (get it here).

When saving money to start your business, you will be doing two things:

  1. Doing something else that brings more income – such as freelancing. And all or the bulk of this new income generated is to be put away and only used as capital when you are ready to launch your venture.
  2. Taking part or the bulk of money you usually spend in a few areas of your life, saving it and spending little to no money in those areas for awhile – or permanently.

What can you take money from?

Things you can do without.Many people have activities or things they don’t

Many people have activities or things they don’t need but still spend some money on because they have accustomed themselves to doing things a certain way.

What things?

  • Electronics and all the things they need to ‘satisfy’ us: phones, computers and peripheral devices, kitchen appliances, tablets, apps, consoles, games, TV, DVDs – which can be sold on classified ads websites or auction sites.
  • Toys.
  • Clothes, jewellery, accessories, beauty products.
  • Your bills. How can you take money from your bills? Use what you are paying for wisely. Then you will notice how much you can save on water, phone, internet, cable, electricity and other bills just by doing this.
  • Furniture.
  • Subscriptions and memberships.

These may not apply to you a hundred per cent. That is why taking some time to think of areas, you currently spend on, that you can take money from to go towards your savings is an effort which you can be greatly rewarded for many months or years down the road.

You just have to remember that while doing all this, one rule must never be broken: when you save to start your own business, do just that.

Fight the temptations to give up saving or using the money already accumulated in your savings for another thing that doesn’t come with big and more rewarding responsibilities that only a business can bring you: being able to serve others who are willing to make your venture profitable.

And the ebook I mentioned above, download and read it today! Click the link to get it. Don’t put this activity in your tomorrow’s TO-DO list. Don’t delay action. The guide is something you can go through in one sitting – and for the time you spend reading it, you will be greatly rewarded by the lessons you glean from it.

Share your thoughts, experiences and questions by submitting them in the comments section below.

Business ideas: Where can I get them? In the 5 places listed here?

Businesses, big or small, start as ideas. Ideas that then turn into entities people are willing to buy from.

Finding an idea can be easy. It can also be hard. And sometimes you just stumble across something and the switch in there ‘tween your ears fill you with amazing possibilities.

Therein might lie the idea that you then decide to bring into this world in form of a product or service.

When you know why people look for ideas to turn into businesses it will be easier for you to find your own and settle on one or two ideas if there’s a chance that your head is filled with so many…each fighting for a chance to be turned into a business.

Where can you get them: profitable business ideas?

1. Read articles on blogs and websites (on business and entrepreneurship)

Here at Niabusiness.com for example, there are a few articles to guide you in this area.

There are articles on ideas that require little capital, ideas for internet businesses, and this one on choosing between more than one idea.

Articles, like the ones linked to usually gives you several options by listing more than five ideas. And you are free to choose any of them.

While reading them, you can also come up with your own ideas that are slightly different (and more suited to your strengths and weaknesses) to the ones listed.

2. Ebooks and books on becoming a business owner or entrepreneur

Some ebooks like 10 Things to Look at If You Are Thinking of Starting a Business, are free and can be easily downloaded (tap the ebook title to get it).

That ebook I’ve linked to is available to Niabusiness.com email subscribers. It is a collection of ideas that have appeared in some articles I’ve posted to the site before.

Ebooks go a little deep, sometimes giving you a little inspiration to help you get started.

Can you buy an ebook that simply lists different ideas for home, small, internet businesses?

Apparently, people buy them.

If no one did, there would be no such ebooks in various online marketplaces and stores going for more than a few hundred Kenyan shillings ( or a few dollars).

3. Your environment: look for business ideas in your surrounding

You can get great ideas by just immersing yourself in your environment.

Put your senses to wok. Let them sniff for opportunities.

Take a walk anywhere (in town, along busy streets, in the city, in your house, in malls) and pay close attention to the things and people around you – and how they all relate to each other.

I recommend you do this even if you’ve read countless articles and ebooks already. You might be surprised how easy doing this is. It doesn’t take a lot of your time, and the good thing is that you are likely to find an idea you like.

Also pay close attention to comments people make in your presence. They don’t even have to be talking to you. They also don’t have to be physically there. They could be in the news, movie, radio or some TV commercial.

4. Forums and product reviews: find ideas from online forums where people ask questions on different ideas, products, services, companies – and also review products they’ve bought

In forums, where people drawn together by a shared interest or goal helping each other by answering questions, asking questions, making suggestions and sharing their experiences, keen eyes can always notice great business ideas when they see them.

The idea is not to visit forums to look for ideas.

Get in there to help, get help, share tips and strategies.

Also, pay attention to what’s going on there:  joys and grievances, people’s accounts of businesses they worked with, products and services they paid for, how they compare similar products, value added services they wish they could get even  if that meant paying more for it – for this can help you build a business on top of someone else’s business (add-ons, SaaS, plugins, extensions, custom products, accessories or peripheral devices).

Reviews on various online stores like Amazon can also be great sources for ideas. Read them. Pay attention to what reviewers say, and you could possibly be filled with new ideas.

5. Marketplaces for freelancers: find business ideas by going through the categories of different websites

Freelance websites that bring together thousands of people with services to offer and those with the money to pay for the services are a goldmine to anyone hunting for ideas.

Usually they have many categories which are further divided into subcategories.

If you are looking to start a  business, you can be inspired just by clicking on various categories and looking at what’s in there.

You can do this on sites like Upwork, Freelancer, vWorker among many others.

Business ideas borne out of your own experiences

Some ideas that lead into big and wildly popular products and services started with someone having a problem, which they then set out to find a solution for.

And when they did find the solution, or one that was better than everything available at the time, people slowly began lining up at their door step to exchange some of their money for this new (better) solution.

So look at your day, what you use, what you wish was available in the market, then either create a business improving on a product that’s already available, or one that creates something new – never seen before.